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August 2020
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Editor’s note: This editorial is by Judy Mathias, OR Manager’s clinical editor. It is adapted from remarks made in a webinar presented by DLA Piper in partnership with the Cohen Group, titled, “Looking forward: COVID-19 and its implications for global business and international cooperation.” The speakers were General James Mattis,…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
June 17, 2020
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Taming bullies requires courage, commitment, and consistent effort

Bullying and incivility have long been pervasive in healthcare, particularly in nursing. Additional stressors related to COVID-19 have worsened things in many facilities. “When there’s a crisis, we see the best in people and the worst,” says Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CSP. “On social media, we’re seeing a lot of…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 17, 2020
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Self-awareness fosters higher emotional intelligence

Everyone has had bad days at work when they may have felt frustrated, sad, angry, stressed, afraid, nauseated, sick, or overwhelmed. Why do some move from experiencing a terrible day at work to leaving the organization, whereas others pull themselves together? How do we rally from burnout, disappointment, frustration, and…

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By: Jamie Ridout, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, CASC
June 17, 2020
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Psychological distress, loneliness up during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note A new survey from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health finds that the number of Americans with severe psychological distress and loneliness are up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comparing results of this April 2020 survey with a similar survey in 2018, the researchers found that: symptoms…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 10, 2020
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CDC releases reopening guidelines

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on May 20 posted two new resources to help states reopen. The first is a 60-page document that includes information on general and healthcare surveillance and continuing guidance on infection control, contact tracing, and testing. It also includes a standardized…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 21, 2020
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Implementing safety huddles to improve patient outcomes

The fast-paced environment in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) requires meticulous handoffs, and daily huddles—brief (10 to 20 minute) stand-up meetings—can raise awareness of any potential safety issues. That has been the experience at UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa, and some of what we learned might help others improve…

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By: OR Manager
May 12, 2020
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Strong culture sustains healthcare staff in 'good and bad' times

Traditional patient care challenges have risen to a whole new level in the wake of COVID-19. Healthcare providers have assumed new roles and performed tasks they never imagined doing. With conditions and expectations changing daily if not hourly, one thing that hasn’t changed is the need to provide safe patient…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
April 23, 2020
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CDC: Characteristics of healthcare workers with COVID-10

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 14 released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on the characteristics of healthcare workers (HCW) with COVID-19 in the US. From February 12 to April 9, 2020, there were 9,282 cases of COVID-19 reported among HCWs. The median…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 16, 2020
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ECRI Institute, RLDatix collaborate on a caring for the caregiver training program

Editor's Note ECRI Institute and RLDatix announced April 13 a new collaboration to provide free empathetic communication and caring for the caregiver training programs. The first program will be an April 16 webcast that combines the clinical side of the COVID-19 battle (the head) with the need to provide emotional…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 13, 2020
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Is professionalism a priority in your OR?

Professionalism may not be a concept OR leaders consciously think about, but they should. As role models for their staffs, they set the behavior standards for the OR, and failure to insist on professionalism can be damaging. Professionalism is not defined simply by dress or presentation, says David A. Wyatt,…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
March 16, 2020
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