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July 2019
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Hats on! How ASC administrators manage multiple roles

It is not unusual for OR leaders to perform many different roles: Boss, mentor, coach, facilitator, or participant, to name some. Administrators in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) likewise are tasked with many different responsibilities, often shifting among multiple roles within the same day. With the rapid growth in volume and…

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By: Amy L. Bethel, MPA, RN, NE-BC
June 18, 2019
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Variation in physicians’ EHR documentation linked to patient safety

Editor's Note Physician-to-physician variation in electronic health record (EHR) documentation could result in patient harm and clinical inefficiencies, this study finds. The study by University of Michigan researchers included EHR data from 170,332 encounters led by 809 physicians in 237 practices and interviews with 40 physicians in 10 practices. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 17, 2019
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Nurses have increased risk of sleep disorders, deprivation

Editor's Note Academic medical center nurses have a high prevalence of insufficient sleep and symptoms of sleep disorders, finds this study presented June 10 at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, in San Antonio. A survey of 1,165 nurses at an academic medical center found that: 49%…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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Hospital staffing models associated with failure to rescue rates

Editor's Note Hospitals with low failure to rescue (FTR) rates had significantly more staffing resources than hospitals with high FTR rates, this study finds. In this analysis of 44,567 surgical patients in the Michigan Quality Surgical Collaborative, hospital FTR rates across low, middle and high tertiles were 8.9%, 16.5%, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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Missouri hospitals report all-time-high employee turnover

Editor's Note Missouri hospitals reported an all-time-high employee turnover rate of 19.5% this year in a report released by the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). Among the positions with the highest turnover rates: sterile processing technicians, 20.4% surgical technicians, 16.0% staff nurses, 15.2% physician assistants, 15.2%. Hospitals and other stakeholders are…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

The Power of Innovative Block Scheduling and Management

After this session you’ll be able to: Explain the pitfalls of most block programs in use today., Identify the relationship between block allocation, surgeon demand, and staffing., Implement new techniques that result in higher utilization., Why this is important: Blocks are one of the most difficult and controversial tasks in…

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Operative outcomes of new vs experienced surgeons

Editor's Note The majority of differences in outcomes between new and experiences surgeons are associated with the context in which care is delivered and patient complexity, rather than inexperience, this study finds. A total of 694,165 Medicare patients treated by 8,503 experienced surgeons were matched to 68,036 treated by 2,119…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 11, 2019
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Hospital employment up 3,000 jobs in May

Editor's Note US hospitals added 3,000 jobs in May to a seasonally adjusted 5,231,600, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported June 7. That’s up 103,100 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 390,500 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate remained at a 50-year low…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 11, 2019
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Improved reporting system increases disruptive behavior reports

Editor's Note After implementing an improved reporting system for disruptive behavior that included the ability to report positive behaviors, the number and length of reports increased in this study. Researchers compared reports in the Patient Safety Net (PSN) event reporting system (2010-2015) to the RL Solutions RL6 system (2015-2018), which…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2019
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Opioid epidemic increases number of hearts available for transplant

Editor's Note The opioid epidemic has expanded the pool of overdose-death donors (ODDs) for heart transplantation. Even though ODDs have higher rates of hepatitis C, cardiac allograft quality indices are favorable, and recipient outcomes are similar to those with non-ODD hearts, this study finds. Of 15,904 heart transplant donors analyzed,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2019
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AHRQ: ASCs can submit patient safety culture survey data until July 22

Editor's Note The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced on June 4 that ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that have administered AHRQ’s Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture can submit their data to the database until July 22. ASCs that submit data will receive free individual feedback…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Closing Keynote: Defend Civility in Your OR: How to Spot and Deal with Energy Suckers

After this session you’ll be able to: Define how energy suckers affect morale, retention of quality staff, and the safety of patients., Explain the process of "feedforward" to produce personal change., Implement policies and strategies to make your organization "bully-free.", Why this is important: A creative and positive work culture…

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