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August 2019
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Deficiencies in human performance linked to surgical adverse events

Editor's Note In this study, human performance deficiencies were identified in more than half of surgical adverse events, and they were most commonly associated with cognitive errors. Of 5,365 surgical procedures analyzed, adverse events occurred in 188 patients. A total of 106 adverse events (56.4%) were because of human error,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 6, 2019
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Sleep deprivation in acute care surgeons

Editor's Note Acute and chronic sleep deprivation patterns are common in acute care surgeons and worsen on post-call day 2, finds this study. In this analysis of 1,421 nights for 17 acute care surgeons, the average amount of sleep was 6.54 hours, with 64.8% of sleep patterns categorized as acute…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2019
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Zero tolerance policies rob 'energy suckers' of power

Many OR managers have likely experienced bullying, incivility, or lateral violence at some point in their careers. For newer and more seasoned managers alike, advice for handling difficult people is always welcome, and attendees at the 2019 OR Manager Conference in New Orleans will gain some valuable insights from Barbara…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 24, 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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Coworker reports of unprofessional behavior by surgeons linked to complications in their patients

Editor's Note Patients whose surgeons had more coworker reports about unprofessional behavior in the 36 months before their surgical procedures had a significantly increased risk of complications, this study finds. In this analysis of 13,653 patients having surgical procedures performed by 202 surgeons in two academic medical centers, 1,583 (11.6%)…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 19, 2019
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Emotional intelligence: A 'must' for outstanding leadership

Psychologists and social scientists developed the concept of emotional intelligence decades ago, and research since then has supported it as a key component of leadership success. “Thirty plus years’ worth of research shows that having leadership skills is not enough to be an effective leader,” says Kandi Wiens, EdD, MBA.…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 18, 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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Estimating cost of physician burnout in the US

Editor's Note There is a substantial economic value for policy and organizational expenditures for physician burnout reduction programs, this study finds. A conservative base-case model estimates that about $4.6 billion in costs is attributable to physician burnout each year in the US because of physician turnover and reduced clinical hours.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2019
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Editorial

Nearly 40 “awareness” or prevention and education wellness initiatives are listed for the month of May—among them, National Nurses Week, World Hand Hygiene Day, and Mental Health Month. Mental health caught my eye because it was a featured topic at the World Healthcare Congress in Washington, DC, where a panel…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
May 17, 2019
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Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2019

Healthcare is striving to become an industry of high-reliability organizations, and part of being a high-reliability industry means staying vigilant and identifying problems proactively. ECRI Institute’s annual Top 10 list helps organizations identify looming patient safety challenges and offers suggestions and resources for addressing them. ECRI Institute relied on event…

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By: ECRI
May 17, 2019
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