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October 2021

Surgical patients find postop virtual visits more convenient without loss of satisfaction

Editor's Note In this study by researchers at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, surgical patients find virtual follow-up care more convenient than traditional in-person appointments without loss of quality or efficiency, which are important components of patient satisfaction. The analysis included 289 patients having laparoscopic appendectomy or…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 9, 2021
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Healthcare employment down in August

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was down in August to a seasonally adjusted 15,978,700 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 3. That’s down 4,900 since July. However, hospital employment was up 3,200 jobs. The overall unemployment rate fell to 5.2%.

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By: Judy Mathias
September 7, 2021
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Survey: COVID-19 pandemic takes toll on staffing

Responses to the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey indicate that OR leaders continue to face significant challenges as a result of COVID-19. The survey results come at a time when the buffeting waves of the pandemic are receding for some leaders, leaving them on the shoreline of a post-pandemic world.…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2021
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Retaining nurses in a post-pandemic era--Part 1

The ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic run deep in the nursing profession. As one respondent to the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey noted: “[The pandemic has] caused healthcare workers to rethink the reason they went into this profession. Also the fact that we could die doing our jobs.” Part of…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2021
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Maintaining a productive OR as cases shift to ASCs

The migration of surgical procedures from hospital ORs to hospital-owned ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) is picking up speed. According to a recent survey, three-quarters of larger hospitals now have an ownership stake in more than one ASC. Two-thirds of US health systems are currently planning to increase their ASC investment.…

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By: Leslie Basham, MBA, Thomas Blasco, MD, MS, Brian Watha, MHSA, Anne Cole, RN, MSN, CNOR and Joan Dentler
August 19, 2021
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Healthcare employment up in July

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in July to a seasonally adjusted 15,990,500 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 6. That’s up 36,800 since June. Hospital employment was up 18,300 jobs. The overall unemployment rate fell to 5.4%.

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2021
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US News & World Report releases best hospital rankings

Editor's Note US News & World Report on July 27 released its best hospital rankings for 2021-2022, with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, earning the top spot for the 6th year in a row. Rounding out the top five in the Honor Roll were: Cleveland Clinic UCLA Medical Center…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2021
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ECRI partners with Nuvolo on standardization of device data

Editor's Note ECRI on July 20 announced a collaborative partnership with Nuvolo, an independent software vendor involved in cloud-based connected workplace solutions, based in Paramus, New Jersey. The partnership integrates ECRI’s standardization of medical device data with Nuvolo’s Connected Workplace for Healthcare. This automated process enables standardization of device data…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 21, 2021
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Patient satisfaction with virtual visits

Editor's Note This study from the Cleveland Clinic finds that patient satisfaction with virtual healthcare visits is comparable to traditional in-person visits. Researchers surveyed 426 adult patients who had virtual visits from June 21 to July 12, 2017. Among the findings: 92.9% believed their virtual visit clinician was interested in…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 12, 2021
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Hospitals not adequately prepared for future pandemics

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, finds that US hospitals may not be adequately prepared for future pandemics. The 10-year analysis found only marginal improvements in a measurement to assess preparedness—Hospital Medical Surge Preparedness Index (HMSPI)—during the years leading up…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 8, 2021
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