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December 2019
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Laminated posters, badge buddies on NPSGs available from Joint Commission

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on October 23 that laminated posters and badge buddies on the 2020 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) for hospitals are now available for purchase. Areas covered by the NPSGs include: Patient identification Infection prevention Patient safety risks Safe surgery. The posters and badge buddies…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2019
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Consensus report shows burnout prevalent in healthcare clinicians

Editor's Note Clinician burnout is affecting between one-third and one-half of nurses and physicians and 40% to 60% of medical students and residents, according to a new consensus report by 32 institutions and foundations, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Among the ways to fight burnout discussed in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2019
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One in three patients have side effects after ketamine infusion

Editor's Note Ketamine use has grown as a pain management alternative to opioids, but more than one in three patients experience side effects such as hallucinations and visual disturbances, finds this study, which was presented October 21 at the Anesthesiology 2019 annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Duke University researchers categorized…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2019
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Patients feel less pain when healthcare provider is nice

Editor's Note Patients having blood drawn by courteous healthcare providers were significantly more likely to say their pain was well-controlled, finds this study presented October 20 at the Anesthesiology 2019 annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Analyzing responses from 4,740 adult patients on questions about pain control (range from 1 to…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 22, 2019
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CDC updates 1998 guideline for infection control in the healthcare workplace

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on October 18 released an update to its “Guideline for infection control in healthcare personnel, 1998.” The updated document, “Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel: Infrastructure and Routine Practices for Occupational Infection Prevention and Control Services (2019),” applies to a broader range…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 22, 2019
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Medical marijuana research shows early promise for lessening opioid use

Editor's Note Medical marijuana shows early promise for lessening opioid use and potential abuse in a meta-analysis presented October 20 at the Anesthesiology 2019 annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Overall the results suggest that medical marijuana may provide some benefits such as, decreased opioid overdose rates, decreased opioid use, improved…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 21, 2019
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Conference kicks leadership skills up several notches

The Big Easy put on a big program for the more than 1,400 perioperative nurse leaders and other healthcare professionals who flocked to New Orleans in September for the annual OR Manager Conference. Both the conference and PACU Manager Summit offered provocative new input and highly entertaining networking events. The…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
October 21, 2019
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Supportive leaders boost staying power of nursing staff--Part 1

OR nurse leaders are struggling not only to recruit staff, but to retain them—especially as younger generations begin to dominate the work pool. A 2019 study by Dowling Dols and colleagues found that Millennials were generally satisfied with their jobs, yet they anticipated staying with their current employer for 3.03…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 21, 2019
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Editorial

Our series on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), which began last month with an overview of its history and perioperative pathway, continues in this issue with examples of improved outcomes and the roles played by perioperative team members (see p 18). ERAS, known to speed recovery and increase patient satisfaction,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
October 21, 2019
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Soup to nuts recruitment: Finding and onboarding OR nurses--Part 3

Recruiting OR staff who will best meet culture and competency expectations is a three-pronged process that starts with a sound marketing strategy, progresses to the application and interview stage, and concludes with the decision to hire and onboard. Parts 1 and 2 of this three-part series covered the roles that…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 21, 2019
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