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UMass, Mass General Brigham training under-, unemployed to be HCWs

Editor's Note The University of Massachusetts (UMass) and Mass General Brigham in Boston are collaborating with UMass Global to train more than 1,000 under- and unemployed individuals, including current Mass General Brigham workers, to be healthcare workers (HCWs), according to a September 19 UMass Global news release. The initiative will…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 27, 2022
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INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: LeanTaaS

In 2013, LeanTaaS partnered with Stanford Health Care to solve an infusion scheduling challenge and created an algorithm to optimally match available supply with ongoing demand. The solution for Stanford worked, leading to 18 months of refining algorithms before creating the product, iQueue for Infusion Centers. In 2015, LeanTaaS pivoted…

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By: OR Manager
September 27, 2022
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Potential solutions to the perioperative nursing shortage

Surgical volume is rising, and the need for perioperative nurses continues to grow. Same-day procedures are becoming more common, even for complex cases such as total joint replacements and spine surgery. With the decrease in in-patient, post-surgical stays and more surgeries being performed in various ambulatory settings, the skillset for…

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By: James X Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, CSSM(E), CNAMB
September 27, 2022
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Easing the pain of electronic health records: Part 2

Electronic health records (EHRs) can be a force for good, promoting patient safety, but they also often have multiple pain points. OR leaders can take steps to ease those pain points. Part 1 of this two-part series provided an overview of EHR challenges and how managers can work with staff…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 27, 2022
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CMS quality reporting update for ASCs

A lot has happened with ASC quality measure reporting in the last 2 years, especially this year, says Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC, director, education and clinical affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA). Throneberry spoke at the ASCA annual conference in April. In the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
September 27, 2022
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Developing a surveillance program for SSIs in ASCs

The CDC’s healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevalence survey estimated that 110,800 surgical site infections (SSIs) were connected with inpatient procedures in 2015. As of 2020, Advancing Surgical Care reported that there are around 5,700 Medicare-certified ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in the US. Of these, only 6 states require ASCs to use…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
September 27, 2022
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CDC eases mask recommendations in nursing homes and hospitals

Editor's Note The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased its mask recommendations for nursing homes and hospitals not experiencing high levels of COVID-19 transmission, US News & World Report September 26 reports. The CDC made these changes to the updated guidelines published on Friday, September 23. Unlike…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
September 26, 2022
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Substance use disorder admissions down, overdose deaths up during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, finds a 23.5% decrease in substance use disorder treatment admissions across the US during COVID-19. In 2020, the number of substance use disorders admissions decreased from 65.9 to 50.4 per 10,000. The decrease was larger for men (87.5…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 26, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of certain Philips Respironics BiPAP machines

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 23 identified the recall by Philips Respironics of certain models of its BiPAP machines as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because certain machines may contain a plastic contaminated with a noncompatible material. If the plastic is…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 26, 2022
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Nursing shortage could reach more than 1M by end of year

Editor's Note A protest from RNs at the University of Chicago Medical Center on September 15 was the latest outcry from the workforce to shed light on safety concerns rising from the chronic staffing shortage; more than 580 nurses have left UChicago Medical Center since September 2021, and the country’s…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 23, 2022
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