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The Joint Commission, ACOG announce Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), announced on October 20 the launch of Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care (ACPC). ACPC incorporates the latest research, evidence-based practices, and guidance to help improve quality and safety for pregnant or postpartum patients and…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2022
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Evaluating essential surgery during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, examines the World Bank Disease Control Priorities’ 44 essential surgical procedures, which are a starting point for health care systems in low- and middle-income countries, and analyzes whether the list should be expanded for nations with more…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2022
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Session: ASC Leadership Roundtable Panel, Ask the Experts

Editor's Note The last day of the OR Manager Conference saw perhaps its most inventive breakout session yet. The ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leadership roundtable panel led attendees through an education-filled hour marked by games, interaction, and trivia. “Technology is the way of the future, it is here, and we…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
October 20, 2022
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Session: Elements for Establishing Operational Excellence in Robotics

Editor's Notes Sherry Rogers, director of robotics at Emory Healthcare, identified key elements for establishing operational excellence in robotic surgery during this breakout session on the last day of the conference. Rogers noted the practices and procedures she and her colleagues apply to Emory’s robotics program that have helped them…

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By: Bridget Brown
October 20, 2022
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Session: Preparing for OR Renovations

Editor's Note In this session, Maria Sullivan, MSN, MMHC, RM, CNOR, OR manager of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, walked attendees through her journey of renovating the 20-year-old ORs at Monroe Carell. According to Sullivan, here are a few considerations people need to keep in mind…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
October 18, 2022
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Keynote: Where Do We Go From Here?

Editor's Note David Wyatt, PhD, MPH, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer of the University Hospitals at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, opened the OR Manager Conference on Monday, October 17, by discussing how to move forward as leaders with resilience and purpose. In a leadership…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
October 18, 2022
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Workshop: Sterile Processing is Instrumental to the OR's Success

Editor's Note In this workshop, one thing was made clear from the get go: “SPD [sterile processing department] is the key to success for the OR,” said W. Zeh Wellington, DNP, RN, NE-BC, director of procedural care and surgical services at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
October 17, 2022
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Workshop: DEI Initiatives for Perioperative Nursing Workforce Development, Part 2

Editor's Note  Small steps can be taken to improve the comfort and care of patients, especially those who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. In Part 2 of this workshop, Ellen Cleary, BSN, RN, MBA, vice president of operations at Northwestern Health System, explained that her organization goes above and beyond…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
October 17, 2022
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Workshop: DEI Initiatives for Perioperative Nursing Workforce Development, Part 1

Editor's Note Simone Auger, legislative assistant at the US House of Representative, representing the Competency and Credentialing Institute, Whitman Partners, and Edgewood College, began the workshop by offering the benefits of creating a diverse and inclusive environment for perioperative nursing, discussing topics including BIPOC, LGBTQ, and ageism issues as they…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
October 17, 2022
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USDA will award $110 million in grants to improve rural healthcare systems

Editor's Note On October 12, The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced in a press release that they will award $110 million in grants to improve healthcare facilities in rural areas. This Emergency Rural Health Care Grants Program is made available through the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Rescue Plan…

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By: Bridget Brown
October 13, 2022
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