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AHRQ Safety Program for ISCR to include emergency general surgery in 2020

Editor's Note In this article, the American College of Surgeons and the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, which launched the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR) in 2016, announce that they are expanding the scope…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 21, 2020
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Find your purpose, not passion

Editor's Note Though many self-help books advise people to find their passion, this is terrible advice, says LaRae Quy in the January 15 issue of SmartBrief/Leadership. Passion is a “hedonistic approach to life,” that is popular right now, she says. People think they need to be passionate about their jobs…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 16, 2020
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Reproductive hazards for female surgeons in the OR

Editor's Note Reproductive hazards are present in the OR and may contribute to pregnancy complications and infertility in female surgeons, this review finds. Hazards include radiation, surgical smoke, working conditions, sharps injuries, anesthetic gases, and intraoperative use of toxic agents. Studies comparing female surgeons with the general population show increased…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 14, 2020
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Rush tops US News best online nursing programs

Editor's Note Chicago’s Rush University College of Nursing is at the top of 183 online graduate nursing programs in the US News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Programs, released January 14. The University of South Carolina in Columbia was second, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore was third. Ohio State…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 14, 2020
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Hospital employment up in December

Editor's Note Employment in US hospitals was up 8,800 jobs in December to a seasonally adjusted 5,297,100, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on January 10. That’s up 102,000 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 398,800 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate remains…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 13, 2020
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Reinvent and reap the rewards of improved handoffs--Part 2

An effective handoff helps ensure care transitions are safe and efficient, but achieving the ideal handoff can be challenging. Part 1 of this two-part series provided an overview of the role of handoffs in the perioperative setting (OR Manager, January 2020, 22-23, 25). This article offers best practices for successful…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
January 13, 2020
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OR nurse pipeline expands through clinical immersion program

Most hospital leaders are well aware of the coming wave of nurse retirements. However, few leaders understand that this wave will likely hit the OR even earlier than other departments. According to research from NSI Nursing Solutions, surgical services nurses are on average older than other nursing professionals. Because OR…

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By: OR Manager
January 13, 2020
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Study supports value of nurses with specialty certifications

Editor's Note In this study, specialty certification was associated with greater professional identity in ICU nurses and higher perceptions of knowledge of and value in evidence-based practices, whereas education level was not. Of 268 respondents from six hospitals and 12 adult ICUs in an integrated health system, 71% had a…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 9, 2020
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Relationship between patient falls and levels of nursing education, certification

Editor's Note Higher levels of nursing education and more certified nurses improved the number of patient falls in this study. Using data from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators from 2010 to 2016 from medical centers in Central and Southern Illinois, researchers found that with every 1-unit increase in…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 9, 2020
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First-year analysis of OR Black Box study

Editor's Note In this first-year analysis of a data capture system called the OR Black Box, frequent intraoperative errors, events, variation in surgeons’ technical skills, and a high amount of environmental distractions were identified. In 132 patients having elective laparoscopic general surgery: auditory distractions occurred a median of 138 times…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 2, 2020
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