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Session: Financial implications of unprofessional behavior in the OR

Editor's Note In this presentation, Lynn Webb, PhD, assistant dean for faculty development and assistant professor of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, made a compelling argument for how unprofessional behavior on the part of clinical staff—including OR personnel—has a direct impact on the financial performance of…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 18, 2022
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Downstream effects of COVID-19 generated surgical backlog

Editor's Note Delayed elective surgical procedures because of COVID-19 resulted in more emergency department (ED) visits and the need for urgent interventions for gallstone disease but not inguinal hernias, this Canadian study finds. Researchers identified 74,709 elective cholecystectomies and 60,038 elective inguinal hernia repairs. During COVID-19 first and second waves…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 11, 2022
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COVID-19 experiences of CNOs

Editor's Note This study by nurse researchers at Baptist Health Lexington, Kentucky, describes both emotional and administrative challenges chief nursing officers (CNOs) in the US faced during the COVID-19 crisis. Interviews conducted with 9 CNOs revealed they: were frustrated with constant change were saddened by the volume of death felt…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2022
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Healthcare employment up in April

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in April to a seasonally adjusted 16,240,800 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 6. That’s up 34,000 since March. Hospital employment also was up by 4,500 jobs. The overall unemployment rate for March was 3.6%, for a…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2022
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Creative recycling: blue wrap, bottle caps, thinking outside the box

There is more than one way to skin a blue wrap—and transform its utility. Faced with overwhelming amounts of waste, teams in operating rooms are finding creative solutions, taking discarded medical supplies and repurposing them into bed pans, COVID masks, or in some cases, works of art. For many health…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
April 22, 2022
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Innovation Spot: Leveraging technology to address gaps in staffing

Is technology part of the answer for nursing staff woes? As COVID-19 patients continue to fill hospital beds, caregivers are feeling exhausted, burned out, and unappreciated. OR nurses have been especially hit hard, as shifts in surgeries and overflowing patient wards stretch OR nurses beyond their limits and comfort zones.…

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By: Christine Havlin, MBA, BS, RN and Kim Haines, BSN, RN, CNOR
April 22, 2022
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The Joint Commission, AHA launch Comprehensive Heart Attack Center certification program

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association, on April 20, announced the launch of a Comprehensive Heart Attack Center certification program, which recognizes hospitals providing care to the most complex and critically ill patients. To be certified, hospitals must provide 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week on-site coverage for primary percutaneous…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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CMS releases FY 2023 hospital IPPS proposed rule

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on April 18, released the FY 2023 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule. The rule would increase payment rates by a net 3.2% for acute care hospitals that participate in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 20, 2022
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CJR program reduced some racial differences in outcomes

Editor's Note This study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, finds that Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program led to a reduction of racial differences in hospital readmission rates for patients having hip or knee replacement surgery. The retrospective cohort study included…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 19, 2022
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New machine learning models predict adverse postop abdominal hernia surgery outcomes

Editor's Note Machine learning (ML) models designed by surgeons at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston show a high level of accuracy in predicting which types of patients are most likely to have a hernia recurrence or other complications after surgery in this study. Of 725…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 12, 2022
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