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Latest Issue of OR Manager
February 2022

Appeals court upholds halt on COVID-19 vaccine mandate for HCWs

Editor's Note The US Court of appeals for the 8th Circuit, on December 13, affirmed a lower court’s decision to halt the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers (HCWs) at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs, the December 14 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The court turned down the Biden…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 15, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine mandate for HCWs blocked in 10 states

Editor's Note A federal judge, on November 29, blocked a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers (HCWs) in facilities participating in CMS programs in 10 states, the November 29 Bloomberg Law reports. In his ruling, the judge says the CMS mandate requires…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2021
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Building a diverse workforce: Part 1

The call for a diverse workforce echoes in ORs across the US. Although most OR leaders want to answer the call, they struggle in an environment where OR staff, particularly nurses, are in high demand. OR Manager recently spoke with experts from leadership, human resources, and DEI (diversity, equity, and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 17, 2021
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Study: Effects of COVID-19 mask mandates on hospital resources, mortality

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Brooke Army Medical Center JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas, finds that a Texas state-level mask mandate issued July 3, 2020, followed by a Bexar County-level mandate issued July 15, 2020, did not reduce…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2021
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Nebraska governor orders hospitals to limit elective surgical procedures

Editor's Note On August 26, Nebraska Gov Pete Ricketts announced multiple initiatives to increase bed capacity and boost hospital staffing in his state amid the latest wave of COVID-19, including a health measure to limit elective surgical procedures. He directed hospitals to cancel elective inpatient surgical procedures “that can wait…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2021
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1,850 US hospitals now mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for HCWs

Editor's Note American Hospital Association statistics show that 1,850 US hospitals, or nearly 30%, have now announced COVID-19 vaccination mandates for their healthcare workers (HCWs), the August 17 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Several states, including California, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Main, also are requiring HCWs to get vaccinated.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 18, 2021
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Educate to mitigate workplace violence in healthcare--Part 1

Increased tensions during the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to a spate of violent incidents, many of them directed at healthcare workers (HCWs). About 20% of respondents to a National Nurses United survey in late 2020 of more than 15,000 US registered nurses reported an increase in on-the-job violence caused by…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 20, 2021
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Federal judge dismisses Houston Methodist employees’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate lawsuit

Editor's Note A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by employees of Houston Methodist who challenged the health system’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, the June 13 New York Times reports. US District Judge Lynn N. Hughes issued a ruling June 12 that upheld the hospital’s policy and noted that the…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 15, 2021
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Houston Methodist suspends HCWs for failing to get COVID-19 vaccine

Editor's Note Houston Methodist has suspended 178 healthcare workers (HCWs) for not following a hospital policy that requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the June 7 New York Times reports. After warning employees last month that they had to be vaccinated by June 7 or face suspension, 117 HCWs…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 9, 2021
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First assistants bring expertise and efficiency to the OR table--Part 2

First assistants (FAs) can play an important role in achieving optimal outcomes and higher surgical case volumes. Part 1 of this two-part series discussed types, education, and certification of FAs (OR Manager, May 2021, pp 1, 15-18). Part 2 answers questions related to risk management and oversight, and discusses possible…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
May 19, 2021
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