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Looking more closely at nurse burnout, impact on quality care

Editor's Note A recent story on PBS NewsHour has recently looked at nurses’ vulnerability to burnout, and how it is impacting quality care. The story is part of the PBS series titled, “Critical Care: The Future of Nursing,” released on November 28. According to the story: A federal study last…

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By: Brita Belli
December 5, 2023
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Online training program significantly reduces postop complications following colon surgery

Editor's Note An online training program from the University of Birmingham’s Global Surgery Unit, called the EAGLE study, has been shown to reduce major postoperative complications following certain types of colon surgical procedures. The findings were published in the British Journal of Surgery on November 29. Researchers found that surgical…

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By: Brita Belli
December 4, 2023
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Study: Professional judgment from nurses underutilized in workforce planning

Editor's Note A comparative study found that nurses’ professional judgment is not being utilized during workplace planning. The findings were published in the November 2023 issue of the International Journal of Nursing Studies.  Conducted in England and Wales, the study found that nurses were consulted for operational purposes during staff…

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By: Brita Belli
November 28, 2023
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Navigating the ‘tripledemic’: Flu, RSV, and COVID-19 in the OR

The healthcare sector has begun grappling with a repeat challenge this fall and winter: the simultaneous surge of three significant respiratory diseases—flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19 among both children and adults. When these diseases collide, they constitute what experts have termed a “tripledemic,” which poses a significant strain…

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By: Tra Vu, PhD
November 17, 2023
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Nurses short-changed in healthcare philanthropy

Editor's Note According to a first-of-its-kind study from the American Nurses Foundation, nurses receive just one penny of every dollar donated to healthcare, despite being the largest group of healthcare professionals in the US, a November 15 press release from the foundation reports. Some findings include: Private donations to healthcare…

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By: Brita Belli
November 16, 2023
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Survey: Compensation rising for in-demand APPs

Editor's Note According to the 2023 survey from consulting firm SullivanCotter, published in August 2023, compensation for Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) has grown at a faster rate than pay for physicians and nurses, BusinessWire November 15 reports.  The final report included data on more than 124,000 individual APPs and over…

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By: Brita Belli
November 15, 2023
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Staffing crises continue to plague the healthcare industry, but that cannot continue to be the focus of perioperative leaders. That was the poignant message that underscored the attendee experience at the 36th OR Manager Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. After attending the engaging keynotes, numerous breakout sessions, and several networking events,…

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By: Lindsay Botts
November 15, 2023
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Mastering social media responsibility: A guide for OR leaders

In today’s digital age, social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok are transforming the ways we connect and communicate. Through these platforms, users can share information, ideas, and personal messages, as well as build networks and communities. It is also becoming an integral part of everyday life.…

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By: Melanie Perry, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
November 15, 2023
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New water quality standard released by AAMI

Water is a major component of medical device processing. It is used in cleaning solutions, rinse water, and to generate steam for sterilization. Because of its crucial role in medical device processing, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) determined it was necessary to upgrade the Technical Information…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, FCS, ACE, CHL, CIS, CRCST, AAMIF
November 15, 2023
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Optimizing productivity measurement in the ASC

Takeaways Clinical hours per case is a simple, yet effective, productivity metric. Analysis of productivity measures can include benchmarking against external and internal data. A positive work culture will improve staff productivity. Productivity is a foundational concept for leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). “Measuring productivity is essential to be…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 15, 2023
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