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Study shows serious downside, risks to postop opioid prescription at discharge

Editor's Note This cohort study, published by the British Journal of Anesthesia in September 2023, finds that surgical patients who are discharged with prescribed opioids have higher risks of hospital readmission and mortality.  The study looked at data from a territory-wide retrospective cohort of patients in Hong Kong who underwent…

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By: Brita Belli
September 25, 2023
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AAMI: Time, temperature, humidity affecting cleanliness of instruments, medical devices

Editor's Note Researchers for a long time have expressed concern about how time and temperature might contribute to changes that affect the cleaning and sterilization of instruments. However, there have been few studies examining these claims. A September 2023 study in Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology from the Association for the…

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By: Brita Belli
September 25, 2023
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Postoperative session: PACU Boarding and Patient Experience—There are No Beds in the House!

Editor's Note “What happens when two worlds collide?” asked one of the speakers when discussing the combination of the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) and the inpatient unit at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The speakers were Cohen Children's Sharon Goodman, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CPNP, director, pediatric service line; Kristen Martin, MSN,…

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By: Bridget Brown
September 21, 2023
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Leadership session: Empowering Your Team to Ensure Patient Safety

Editor's Note What is a hard stop? “Think about it,” Amy Bethel, MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, education coordinator for the OR Business Management Conference, urged this year’s OR Manager Conference attendees. “You all know what a hard stop is, and I know all of you have had hard stops. But…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 20, 2023
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Business session: Profitability in the OR—Benchmark Your OR's Performance

Editor's Note “Has your CNO [chief nursing officer] ever said you are the CEO of your department?” Jessica Gruendler, DNP, senior director of nursing, Perioperative Services, at Dignity Health, posed to OR Manager Conference attendees at the start of this session in a packed room with standing room only. A…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 20, 2023
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Leadership session: Managing Disruptive Behavior—A New Approach to Better Communication

Editor's Note “The OR is an inherently stressful environment,” Jessica Atkinson, BSN, BSAVS, RN, CNOR, nurse manager, operating room, at Southern Maine Health Care, told attendees on Tuesday morning at the OR Manager Conference. The session delved into how both new and experienced leaders need to recognize and manage disruptive…

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By: Bridget Brown
September 19, 2023
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Leadership workshop: Effectively Coping with Stress–The Case for Wellness Integration

Editor's Note Wellness is multidimensional. Wellness is more than just physical help. Wellness also includes mental, environmental, spiritual, social, and emotional considerations. Those are some of the lessons presented in this OR Manager Conference Workshop, “Effectively Coping with Stress—The Case for Wellness Integration,” presented by Kevin Merrigan, founder and director…

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By: Jane Kuhn
September 19, 2023
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Opening keynote: Passionate Leadership—Soaring to New Heights

Editor’s Note "Great leaders don’t manage; they lead. They don’t motivate; they inspire. They are role models," noted Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP, FAAN, The Inspiration Nurse, the opening keynote speaker at this year's OR Manager Conference. In her engaging session, Cardillo discussed four key pillars for unlocking and embracing…

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By: Bridget Brown
September 18, 2023
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New leader workshop: Key Budgeting Components for Success

Editor's Note “I don't want to start by asking how many of you have been in your role for 1 to 5 years, or 5 to 10, or 10 to 20,” said Pamela Hunt, BS, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, consultant and associate faculty at Indiana University, during the “Key Budgeting…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 18, 2023
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OR Manager Conference kicks off, celebrates 36 years of excellence

Editor's Note After a Sunday full of pre-conference workshops and an exciting off-site tour, the OR Manager Conference opens today! Since the early days of the conference, OR Manager has expanded and improved every year by diversifying education offerings, and this year, we are celebrating 36 years of bringing leaders…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 15, 2023
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