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Study: AI equal to humans in medical diagnosis

Editor's Note When deep learning algorithms were compared with health-care professionals in classifying diseases using medical imaging, diagnostic performance was equivalent between the two. In this meta-analysis of 14 studies, researchers found that deep learning systems correctly detected a disease state 87% of the time, compared with 86.4% for healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 25, 2019
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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: The new standard for perioperative care

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS®) is a comprehensive, multifaceted, and multidisciplinary approach to the care of the surgical patient. ERAS bundles evidence-based elements to facilitate a faster recovery with fewer complications.1 Spanning the continuum of perioperative care, ERAS elements include: • patient engagement and education • preoperative optimization of nutrition…

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By: OR Manager
September 23, 2019
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Seminar eases nurses' discomfort with sudden patient declines

A patient’s condition can change in the blink of an eye. Are you prepared to respond? And what happens if the patient dies? This is the focus of an annual seminar at Houston Methodist Hospital that was developed to increase the comfort level of perioperative nurses caring for a patient…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
September 23, 2019
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Superior patient-centered care crucial for complex outpatient procedures

About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. As I researched the treatment alternatives, I became very concerned about the complications associated with traditional surgical prostatectomy or radiation. Then I learned that I might be eligible for an outpatient procedure: high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). Although HIFU is relatively…

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By: OR Manager
September 23, 2019
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Millennial nurses’ job satisfaction tied to supportive leadership

Editor's Note This study finds that supportive leadership is the primary factor contributing to millennial nurses’ job satisfaction. Using data from 1,006 nurses in the Professional Practice Work Environment Inventory survey, researchers found that demographic factors (ie, age, gender, race, ethnicity, work status, and experience) accounted for just 2.6% of…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 5, 2019
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Editorial

Millennials will soon comprise 50% of the nursing workforce. They are sometimes criticized for lacking commitment because they change jobs more often than their older counterparts. Yet research finds patients are safer when nurses are satisfied with their work environments, so it would seem that newer nurses and nurse managers…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 23, 2019
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Team training empowers OR staff to improve patient safety

Poor communication has been the root cause of many sentinel events over the years, and there has been growing recognition of how the work environment and culture influence patient outcomes. In a 2018 Sentinel Event Alert, the Joint Commission stressed the need to develop a “reporting culture”—to make it safe…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 23, 2019
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Proactive policies help protect staff from bloodborne pathogen exposure

Healthcare workers are at risk for bloodborne pathogen exposures in areas ranging from the clinic to the OR—both inpatient and outpatient settings. Such exposures not only cause anxiety, they cost an estimated $3,000 to $5,000 per exposure for things such as baseline and follow-up laboratory testing, treatment of exposed personnel,…

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By: Amy L. Bethel, MPA, RN, NE-BC
August 23, 2019
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Is disruptive behavior inherent to the surgeon or environment?

Editor's Note Unclear policies and urgent competing responsibilities in the OR create stress, suggesting that the environment is the primary contributor to disruptive behavior by the surgeon, this study finds. Of 314 reports of disruptive behavior from surgical, medical, and other specialties, which included both the reporter account and involved…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2019
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Millennial nurse managers’ perspectives on their experiences in leadership roles

Editor's Note With millennials soon to make up 50% of the workforce, it is essential to recognize how the millennial nurses’ values and expectations shape their viewpoints to consider or reject leadership roles, this study finds. For the study, a national sample of 25 millennial nurse managers were interviewed on…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 12, 2019
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