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CDC: Drug overdose mortality drops for the first time in 20 years

Editor's Note The US drug overdose mortality rate dropped 5.1% to 68,557 deaths last year, compared with 72,224 in 2017, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reported on July 17. It’s the first time overdose mortality has declined since 1999. The CDC noted that the death counts are…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 18, 2019
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Understanding the Millennial nurse manager

Editor's Note The development and retention of Millennial nurse managers is shaped by understanding the support variables that are important to them, this study finds. Interviews of a national sample of 25 Millennial nurse managers found they have a unique perspective on role expectations and support. Seven themes emerged: coming…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2019
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Joint Commission issues Quick Safety on combating nurse burnout

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 15 issued “Quick Safety 50 Developing resilience to combat nurse burnout.” Research indicates that resilience does more than prevent burnout, it fosters resources to combat workplace challenges. Resilience has several components, including: The ability to adapt in the face of adversity or significant…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2019
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Hospital employment up 11,200 jobs in June

Editor's Note US hospitals added 11,200 jobs in June to a seasonally adjusted 5,244,900, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported July 5. That’s up 105,500 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 402,800 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate is 3.8%.

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2019
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Preop opioid, benzodiazepine use linked to postop mortality, opioid consumption

Editor's Note Use of opioids and benzodiazepines 6 months before surgery was associated with increased short- and long-term mortality and an increased rate of persistent postoperative opioid consumption, this study finds. In this analysis of 41,170 noncardiac surgical cases in 27,787 patients in Iceland, preoperative prescriptions for opioids only were…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2019
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A Blessing or a Curse? Social Media and Online Collaboration Best Practices and Compliance

After this session you’ll be able to: Identify the social media trends in the healthcare space today., Define best practices to follow to remain compliant with HIPAA and privacy laws., Explain laws and regulations to keep in mind when online., Why this is important: While healthcare providers are often reluctant…

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Joint Commission deletes annual training requirement for fluoroscopy equipment

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 26 announced that, effective immediately, Human Resources (HR) standard HR.01.05.03, element of performance (EP) 15, has been deleted from the Hospital, Critical Access Hospital, Ambulatory Care, and Office-Based Surgery accreditation programs. The deleted EP is: “The [organization] verifies and documents that individuals (including…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2019
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Outpatient surgery occupies big stage at OR Manager Conference

Editor's Note Ambulatory surgery center (ASC) administrators and managers trying to keep pace with the rapid growth in their facilities will not want to miss the robust outpatient surgery education offered at the 2019 OR Manager Conference. On Tuesday, September 17, Beverly Kirchner, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief compliance officer…

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By: ewood@accessintel.com
June 27, 2019
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OR Manager Conference offers wealth of career resources for emerging OR leaders

Editor's Note With increasing numbers of nurse leaders approaching retirement, succession planning is a chief area of concern. To help bridge any potential leadership gap, the annual OR Manager Conference gears many of its sessions to new nurse managers with little to no management experience. Conference organizers have engaged veteran…

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By: ewood@accessintel.com
June 27, 2019
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Effect of fewer postop opioids prescribed, preop education on opioid consumption

Editor's Note Prescribing fewer opioid tablets postoperatively was associated with lower opioid consumption after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, and preoperative education was associated with lower duration and quantity of postoperative opioid use, this study finds. Of 264 patients analyzed, 109 received 50 tablets, 77 received 30 tablets and no education,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 25, 2019
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Study: Value found in physician-patient outcome assessment process

Editor's Note A new scoring system reveals a strong agreement between patient-reported and physician-reported outcomes after surgery, the Mayo Clinic reports. The study enrolled 100 patients who had elbow or shoulder surgery. The average time between surgery and follow-up was 31 months. In the categorical ratings, patients and physicians agreed…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 24, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Be a Bridge Builder: Close the Knowledge Gap of Who You Report To

After this session you’ll be able to: Develop a collaborative relationship with your direct report., Explain how transparency is not just lip service., Provide data to equip your director to make sound decisions for your PACU., Why this is important: Do you ever find yourself thinking: “I wish my OR…

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