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Automated software app reduces perioperative controlled substance discrepancies

Editor's Note In this study, a software app that tracks perioperative controlled substance use and is integrated into the electronic health and pharmacy records and database systems was associated with a decrease in management errors. This analysis includes data on missing controlled substance medications, controlled substance kits, and witness return…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 21, 2019
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Joint Commission announces update of book on building new, updating facilities

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 20 announced an update to the book, “Planning, Design, and Construction of Health Care Facilities,” which was developed in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA/AAH). This 4th edition includes: Eight new case studies that highlight design challenges,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 21, 2019
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Daily Tiered Huddles help prioritize and resolve OR problems

When you have a problem, are you empowered to solve it? What happens when staff encounter an obstacle? Cleveland Clinic’s Tiered Huddle process empowers all caregivers to see problems and tackle issues on their own or escalate them for assistance. The tiered huddles have energized teams to work across the…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 18, 2019
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2020 OR Business Management Conference around the corner

Anyone seeking a break from the winter weather and a stimulating educational experience will find both at the 2020 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC), which takes place January 27-30 in Weston, Florida. The highly relevant and timely presentations, along with networking events that connect OR business professionals with colleagues and…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 18, 2019
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L&D overhaul may produce greater efficiency, satisfaction

A strong labor and delivery (L&D) department is a key driver of hospital success. L&D not only contributes significantly to hospital profitability, it plays an important role in establishing and cementing patient loyalty. And as hospitals increasingly take responsibility for community health, an effective birth program can make a measurable…

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By: OR Manager
November 18, 2019
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A primer for starting a total joint replacement program

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have increasing incentives to offer total joint replacements (TJR) as Medicare expands the list of covered procedures. However, there’s a lot to consider in this particular service line. “There are many things to arrange that aren’t required with other service lines, particularly as home care of…

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By: OR Manager
November 18, 2019
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Data-driven surgical scheduling system improves efficiency

Editor's Note Compared to the historical mean (HM) scheduling approach, the data-driven regression modeling (RM) method improves multiple measures of operative suite efficiency and personnel satisfaction without adversely affecting clinical outcomes, this study finds. The HM approach included case duration of the most recent 4 years, and the RM system…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 14, 2019
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Postop infection linked to risk of long-term infection, mortality

Editor's Note Infection after surgery during postoperative days 0 to 30 is significantly associated with long-term infection and mortality, this study finds. In this analysis of 659,486 patients from the Veterans Health Administration, 3.6% had a 30-day infection, 6.6% had a long-term infection, and 3.8% died during follow-up. At any…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 12, 2019
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Use of medical scribes improves workflow of surgeons, residents in an outpatient setting

Editor's Note Incorporating medical scribes into surgical practices to reduce time surgeons spend on patient documentation and managing electronic health records increases the number of patients seen by surgeons and residents in outpatient clinics, finds this study presented October 29 at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2019 in…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 5, 2019
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CMS releases 2020 final payment rule for ASCs, HOPDs

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 1 released its final payment rule for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). CMS added eight codes to the ASC-payable list, including total knee arthroplasty. CMS also removed total hip arthroplasty and seven spine codes from…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2019
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