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Action needed now to meet future demand for nurses

Release of the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) report, Future of Nursing 2020-2030, has been delayed until spring 2021. The report is expected to address “newly emerging evidence related to the COVID-19 global pandemic and include recommendations regarding the role of nurses in responding to the crisis,” according to the…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 17, 2020
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Patient-preference playlists improve pre- and postop experiences

Streaming music apps and access to music through smartphones and similar devices make it easy to provide many different genres of music and modalities that can ease surgical patients’ fears. The use of music in both pre- and postoperative settings has been extensively researched, but less is known about how…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 17, 2020
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Editorial

Most respondents to a July 2020 American Organization for Nursing Leadership survey said they felt prepared for a future surge of COVID-19. That future is now, with nearly 150,000 new cases being reported daily across the country and multiple hospitals at capacity. Survey respondents said their biggest challenges early in…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 17, 2020
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Access OR Manager Conference sessions by December 31

For the first time in its history, the annual OR Manager Conference was held virtually September 30 to October 2. Many things were different this year, but the robust educational content and advanced technology were the same as in previous years. In a post-conference survey, more than 60% of respondents…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 17, 2020
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New recommendations issued for instrument care and cleaning

New recommendations developed from evidence-based research have been added to AORN’s Guideline for Care and Cleaning of Surgical Instruments. Several of these changes will have an impact on the quality of processing in sterile processing (SP) areas. This latest version, released on October 12, 2020, includes industry changes that have…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, ACE, CIS, FCS
November 17, 2020
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Using advanced analytics to maximize OR utilization

Wasted room capacity is a major problem in hospital surgery departments. In most facilities, OR utilization hovers around 60%. Practically speaking, that means between one-quarter and one-third of expensive OR time is going to waste. Inefficiency at this scale is clearly a financial problem. As hospitals struggle to absorb volume…

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By: OR Manager
November 17, 2020
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OR Orientation Hybrid Program streamlines transition into practice

Half a million experienced nurses are expected to retire by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This translates into the need for 1.1 million new nurses to replace those who are retiring and to accommodate an expansion in the delivery of healthcare services. An OR nurse with solid…

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By: OR Manager
November 17, 2020
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Shifts in case mix bode well for future of outpatient surgery

Before COVID-19 emerged as the biggest disruptor of 2020, many ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) had been growing volume and receiving Medicare reimbursements for an increasing number of procedures. Stopping elective procedures in the spring was a significant setback, especially for smaller, independent facilities, notes a Global Healthcare Advisors (GHA) brief,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 17, 2020
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[Free Webinar] Leadership, Policy, and Transparency: Driving Sustainable Value, Efficiency, and Surgeon Utilization
Latest Issue of OR Manager
December 2020
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December 3, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE

Managing ORs is hard, especially without access to reliable and readily available data. EHRs that are built to capture information about patients and their care do not provide the level of data visibility or reliability needed to make daily as well as strategic decisions about expensive healthcare assets such as ORs. Ensuring surgeons have optimal access, knowing exactly where and how to drive efficiency, and delivering value to surgeons, patients, and staff are constant challenges. These challenges require greater visibility into available OR time and key performance indicators.

Please join us for this free webinar to learn how one health system achieved the following:

  • Transitioned away from manually compiling reports (as EHR reports were inadequate).
  • Established effective policies to drive value and efficiency.
  • Created capacity in busy ORs, providing greater access to open time.
  • Delivered transparency in a manner that positively changed surgeon practices.

Additionally, attendees will learn about proven technology for leveraging predictive and prescriptive analytics to enable organizations to break through barriers to OR value and efficiency.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss strategies to improve OR utilization.
  • Explain the benefits of creating more open time in the OR.
  • Understand how to effectively leverage data to positively change surgeon practices.
  • Describe how new technologies can optimize OR capacity

 

Webinar Leaders

Jon Peterson is the Business Manager of Surgical Services for WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, NC. Jon has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, his tenure in the industry started off in corporate finance, including corporate cash management, reimbursement, corporate budgeting, and long-range financial planning. For the last ten years, his work has focused on operational financial management at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, an urban level 1 trauma center in Raleigh, NC. His teams provide the daily clinical operations by providing scheduling, inventory, billing, and clinical informatic support needed to care for over 22,000 patients annually.

 

Diana Gillogly, MS, is a Product Implementation Manager of iQueue for Operating Rooms where she has led operational workflow changes and product implementations at multiple health systems. Prior to joining LeanTaaS, Diana worked in urology research and then developed and ran a healthcare outcomes and reimbursement software company. Through her work, Diana has demonstrated success working in global healthcare software development, custom design and implementation, technology integration and physician relations. Diana earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Master of Science degree in Global Health from Northwestern University.

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