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Not just leading, but leading well in a time of crisis

Lessons on leadership are the staple of any leadership-focused conference; but no conference presents leadership lessons tailored to the OR community quite like the OR Business Management Conference. After a 19-month hiatus, the OR Business Management Conference brought perioperative managers and administrators back together in what was described as an…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
November 17, 2021
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Raising awareness of “Near-Miss,” retained surgical sharps

In 2018, Sam Weprin, MD, started his first year of residency in Urology. During one of his first prostatectomy cases, he witnessed an impeccable surgery performed by the attending surgeon. Unfortunately, a surgical needle went missing inside the patient. The surgeon and her team spent an hour searching for it,…

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By: Ivy Montgomery
November 17, 2021
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Perioperative Nurses Week is November 14 to 20

Editor's Note Every year, Perioperative Nurses Week focuses attention on the work of more than 528,000 nurses who advocate for surgical patients. During the week, perioperative nurses are honored by colleagues and communities, highlighting the ways nurses are working to improve patient safety−before, during, and after surgery−in hospitals, ambulatory surgery…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 9, 2021
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CMS: COVID-19 vaccine mandates for Medicare providers

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on Novermber 4, released regulations that will require Medicare-participating providers to ensure their staff members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. CMS says: “Facilities covered by this regulation must establish a policy ensuring all eligible staff have received the first dose…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2021
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FDA investigating imported surgical, exam gloves

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on September 29, announced that healthcare facilities and providers should not purchase or use imported surgical and patient examination gloves from companies included on Import Alert 80-04. Companies are listed on an import alert when the FDA has enough evidence that they…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 3, 2021
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COVID-19 breakthrough infections in HCWs vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

  Editor's Note This Israeli study finds that in healthcare workers (HCWs) vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine who had breakthrough infections, the suspected source was an unvaccinated person. Among 11,453 fully vaccinated HCWs, 1,497 had RT-PCR testing during the study period. Of the tested HCWs, 39 breakthrough cases were found.…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2021
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Study: HCW shortages expected for every state by 2026

Editor's Note Mercer’s 2021 External Healthcare Labor Market Analysis finds a shortage of healthcare workers (HCWs) over the next 5 to 10 years as the US continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The main findings of the study are: There will be a labor shortage at the low end…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccination requirements result in HCW terminations, resignations

Editor's Note COVID-19 vaccination requirements have caused some organizations to fire healthcare workers (HCWs) for noncompliance, and HCWs have quit over the policies, the September 17 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Healthcare systems announcing resignations and terminations include the following: Morehead, Kentucky-based St Claire HealthCare has fired 23 HCWs for noncompliance…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 21, 2021
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Survey: Dips in job satisfaction, engagement may relate to pandemic

Over the past year, job satisfaction of OR leaders as well as staff and physician engagement have all eroded, according to the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Although more than two-thirds (67%) of respondents rate their current jobs or positions favorably, that is down from the 77% seen in 2020…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 21, 2021
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Countering bullying through teamwork, increased awareness

Bullying is a serious problem seen in all aspects of life—at home, in school, and in the workplace. Anyone can be a bully, but bullying is often carried out by those who are threatened by or view themselves as superior to others. However, the younger generations, who are slowly taking…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
September 21, 2021
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