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New AI tool matches human precision in assessing surgical margins for breast cancer

Editor's Note Researchers from the University of North Carolina developed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that can predict whether cancerous tissue has been fully removed from the body during breast cancer surgical procedures. Their findings were published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology August 2023 issue.  During the procedure, surgeons…

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By: Brita Belli
September 27, 2023
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Study reveals impact of impostor syndrome on surgery leadership roles

Editor's Note This study, titled "Leadership and Impostor Syndrome in Surgery" and published in the October 2023 issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, examined how impostor syndrome–an internalized sense of incompetence and not belonging–impacts surgeons holding leadership positions in healthcare. The study included 2,183 attending and…

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By: Brita Belli
September 26, 2023
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Addressing mistreatment of transgender people in healthcare encounters

Editor's Note Transgender people are subject to mistreatment in healthcare encounters, including harassment, assault, and denial of care, according to this September 2023 qualitative study published by Annals of Family Medicine. This study comprised 30 transgender adults and found the following experiences among transgender patients: Transgender people often found clinicians’…

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By: Brita Belli
September 26, 2023
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Leapfrog Group recognizing hospitals that excel in diabetes care

Editor's Note The nonprofit Leapfrog Group has joined forces with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to recognize hospitals providing exceptional care for patients with diabetes, Chief Healthcare Executive September 12 reports. Earning the designation will be based on how well hospitals meet ADA’s standards of care, in addition to their…

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By: Brita Belli
September 26, 2023
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Survey: Dip in satisfaction with little change in compensation

In an era where the changing landscape of healthcare is placing enormous strain on OR leaders, compensation has increased only slightly, according to the 2023 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. More than one-third (36%) of respondents earn $150,000 or more, up from 27% last year, but only slightly higher than 2021’s…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 26, 2023
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Maximizing productivity measurement: Part 2

Measuring productivity can be a burden for perioperative leaders and their staff, but it also can serve as a means for obtaining needed resources. Part 1 of OR Manager’s two-part series on productivity measurement focused on the value of measuring, challenges, and deciding what should be assessed (see September issue,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 26, 2023
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Data and surveys

OR Manager’s 2023 Salary/Career Survey included the following question to respondents: “How do you measure productivity in your department?” The answers were eye-opening and spawned a two-part series on “Maximizing productivity measurement”: Part 1 was published in September, and Part 2 (cover story) is included in this issue. The leaders…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 26, 2023
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Postpandemic applicability, usage of UV disinfection technology

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of proper disinfection to manage and contain the spread of the disease. During the pandemic, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection technology played an important role in safeguarding public health and combatting COVID-19. Various uses of UV technology have become available on the market and can be…

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By: Tra Vu, PhD
September 26, 2023
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Technology addresses OR workforce shortage, supports staff

The healthcare industry as a whole has faced numerous and unprecedented challenges in the last few years. With each challenge compounded by external pressures, these proverbial spotlights illuminated existing vulnerabilities. The healthcare workforce, particularly nursing, continues to be one of the most impactful vulnerabilities. With the pandemic acting as a…

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By: Kimberly Hamilton, MPH and Stacey Leadbeater
September 26, 2023
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Survey: Compensation rises slightly for ASC leaders amid on-going pressures

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Compensation is trending slightly higher for ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders, according to the 2023 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, with 68% of respondents reporting a total annual compensation of $120,000 or more, up from 50% in 2022 and 40% in 2021. However, higher wages are unlikely to sufficiently offset the…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 26, 2023
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