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Blast from the past: Improving medication safety in the OR

The US Food and Drug Administration receives more than 100,000 medication-related reports, and some of them, according to the AORN Journal, “involve patient death.” AORN’s 2024 updated guidelines include safety updates for perioperative staff when handling, transporting, and administering medication, which can be a complex process prone to errors. In…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
January 30, 2024
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Perioperative management: Top challenges, priorities for OR leaders in 2024, per survey

Staff recruitment and retention is the top priority of OR leaders going into 2024, according to a November/December survey conducted by LeanTaaS in collaboration with OR Manager. Out of 84 respondents (some skipped), while 76% chose staff recruitment and retention, both improving operational efficiency (65%) and sustaining volume (36%) also…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
December 22, 2023
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OR Manager Conference third place poster winner showcases impactful program from 2023

From highlighting the need for better preoperative nasal decolonialization to touting the success of personalized pediatric behavioral health interventions, the posters on display at the 2023 OR Manager Conference highlighted the exceptional work of clinicians in 2023. Poster: “Use of Alcohol-Based Nasal Antiseptic in Reducing Surgical Site Infections in Patients…

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By: Lindsay Botts
December 19, 2023
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OR Manager Conference second place poster winner showcases impactful program from 2023

From highlighting the need for better preoperative nasal decolonialization to touting the success of personalized pediatric behavioral health interventions, the posters on display at the 2023 OR Manager Conference highlighted the exceptional work of clinicians in 2023. Poster: “Go Virtual with Periop Training 101” In response to the ongoing nursing…

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By: Marisa Torrieri
December 19, 2023
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OR Manager Conference first place poster winner showcases impactful program from 2023

From highlighting the need for better preoperative nasal decolonialization to touting the success of personalized pediatric behavioral health interventions, the posters on display at the 2023 OR Manager Conference highlighted the exceptional work of clinicians in 2023. Poster: “Redefining the Perioperative Experience for Children with Neurodiversity” Changing the narrative for…

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By: Marisa Torrieri
December 19, 2023
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Navigating the staffing crisis in healthcare leadership: A Q&A with Whitman Partners

Whitman Partners, a firm that specializes in director of surgical services recruitment, emerged out of the 2008 financial crisis as an example of adaptability and resilience in healthcare staffing. Today, the firm places close to 200 OR directors annually in hospitals across the US. OR Manager sat down with Josiah…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
December 18, 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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Maximizing surgical excellence: Strategies for attracting top surgeons

A 2021 report by the Association of American Medical Colleges projects shortages of 15,800 to 30,200 in all surgical specialties by 2034. Driven by various factors, including the growing healthcare needs of an aging population, an aging surgical workforce—with many surgeons and nurses nearing retirement—and limited capacity in medical and…

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By: Jeff Robbins
November 2, 2023
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Refreshed outlook for addressing healthcare’s staffing crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing personnel shortages in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), which are anticipated to persist. Before the pandemic, nursing supply and demand were already affected negatively by several factors, including approximately 70,000 Baby Boomer RNs retiring per year. As the remaining Baby Boomer RNs retire over…

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By: John Young and Holly Moore
October 10, 2023
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Blast from the past: 10 tips on successful perioperative leadership for new managers

Perioperative nursing, like any field, requires authenticity, honesty, and integrity for successful management. As perioperative represents one of the most challenging and demanding healthcare environments, patient-centered leadership is a must. This article previously published by OR Manager, titled "Words of wisdom: OR leaders offer tips for new managers," expands on…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
October 9, 2023
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