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Patricia C. Seifert: A leader's leader

This relationship started with a conversation in an airport bar in Washington DC. We were discussing our similar cardiac surgery backgrounds and the Denver Bronco’s linebacker, Karl Mecklenburg, who, coincidently, was the son of a surgeon with whom she had worked. This conversation has grown into more than 35 years…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 20, 2022
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Best practices for hiring a consultant

It has been a roller coaster of a ride for almost 2 years now in both our private and professional lives. No one has a crystal ball, but I would guess that there will be more bumps in the road before we arrive at something close to normal—whatever normal will…

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By: Nancy Lombard, MS, RN, CNOR
January 20, 2022
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Editorial

The idea for a series on what I call the “Humble giants of leadership” came to me a couple of years ago. I wanted to present the management approaches of top leaders from around the country and describe the qualities that made them exemplary leaders. My articles are intended to…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 20, 2022
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Providing preoperative virtual education to providers, patients

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons projects that total hip replacement (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR) procedures will increase to 635,000 and 1.28 million, respectively, by 2030. That leads to a tremendous amount of Episode of Care opportunities. How can we as clinicians ensure the best possible experience for…

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By: Nina Ramos, BSN, RN, ONC
January 20, 2022
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Battle Buddies help healthcare workers with mental resilience

Having a “Battle Buddy” has helped US Army soldiers maintain resilience for years, and now the practice has been adopted to help healthcare workers at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis deal with COVID-19-related stress. A multidisciplinary team from the University of Minnesota’s department of anesthesiology and department…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 20, 2022
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Techniques for using sterilization containers, case-by-case basis

Sterilization containers are used in many surgery departments. They offer many benefits, including providing an exceptional barrier to microorganisms, protecting instruments from damage, and eliminating torn wrappers. These benefits can only be realized if the sterilization containers are used properly, however. Guidance for the use of sterilization containers is given…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, FCS, ACE, CHL, CIS, CRCST, AAMIf
January 20, 2022
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Integrated data, insights lead to cost, time savings for OR staff

In 2020, supply costs were once again reported as one of the greatest line-item expenses in a hospital, exceeding labor expenses. US hospitals have most recently reported a combined $36 billion in medical and surgical supply costs. These expenses account for more than half of a hospital’s total supply costs.…

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By: Shawn McBride
January 20, 2022
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OR Manager award recipients share highs, lows of leadership

After the 2021 OR Manager Conference (ORMC), OR Manager sat down with ORMC award recipients Mary Anne Douglas, executive director of Surgical Operations at Intermountain Healthcare; Patrel Nobles, clinical director of Cardiac Surgery Operating Room at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus; Janet Quigley, nursing director, PostAnesthesia Care, at Massachusetts General Hospital;…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
January 20, 2022
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