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Illinois governor urges hospitals to delay nonurgent surgical procedures

Editor's Note Illinois Gov J. B. Pritzker and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association have asked hospitals to delay nonurgent surgical procedures in preparation for a “likely” post-holiday Omicron surge and shortage of staffed ICU beds, the January 3 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The state is seeing about 500 new…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2022
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Editorial

Last year saw healthcare professionals grapple with unimaginable challenges. For perioperative nurses in particular, a pressing issue was and continues to be staffing. This is a topic that is brought up time and again—in conversations, meetings, events, and everything in between. Questions that most OR managers are still considering include:…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
December 16, 2021
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Takeaways and lessons learned from OR Manager Conference

After more than a year in hiatus, OR Manager Conference was held in October 2021 in Chicago, bringing together hundreds of attendees, speakers, and exhibitors. After the live conference, OR Manager sat down with Cindy Kildgore, education coordinator for the OR Manager Conference; Amy Bethel, education coordinator for the OR…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
December 16, 2021
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Navigating the CFPN credential: A collection of perspectives

The nursing workforce is facing one of its biggest challenges yet with gaps in staffing and unsuccessful retention efforts. For perioperative nursing, the challenge is augemented by several factors, from lack of exposure to the OR field to pandemic burnout deterring nurses from the demanding nature of the surgical suite.…

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By: Lisa Rosenfield, MA
December 16, 2021
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CDC: Surveillance of Omicron variant in US

Editor's Note On December 1, the first case of COVID-19 attributed to the Omicron variant was reported in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of December 8, Omicron variant cases had been reported in 22 states, including some that indicated community transmission. Of…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 15, 2021
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Appeals court upholds halt on COVID-19 vaccine mandate for HCWs

Editor's Note The US Court of appeals for the 8th Circuit, on December 13, affirmed a lower court’s decision to halt the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers (HCWs) at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs, the December 14 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The court turned down the Biden…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 15, 2021
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COVID-19 surpasses EHRs as cause of physician, nurse burnout

Editor's Note A new KLAS Research report finds that COVID-19 has surpassed electronic health records (EHRs) as a primary source of clinician burnout, the December 7 EHR Intelligence reports. The report also finds that nurses have different sources of burnout than physicians since the start of the pandemic: After-hours workloads…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 13, 2021
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Kentucky declares State of Emergency related to nursing shortage

Editor's Note Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, on December 9, declared the state’s nursing shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic a State of Emergency. The executive order noted that Kentucky is operating 12% to 20% short of the needed nursing volume, and the state is projected to need more than 16,000 additional…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 13, 2021
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Change in volume of surgical procedures during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine find that the initial COVID-19 shutdown from March through April 2020 resulted in a decrease in surgical volume to nearly half of baseline rates. After the reopening, surgical volume rebounded to 2019 levels, and the trend was maintained.…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 8, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy among HCWs

Editor's Note This study by researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago finds that about 3 in 20 healthcare workers (HCWs) surveyed reported being hesitant about getting COVID-19 vaccinations. The study also finds that HCW vaccine decisions were influenced by their colleagues. The survey included 1,974 respondents from three Chicago…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 7, 2021
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