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What are the top challenges for today's ASC leaders?

We asked some top ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders, including members of OR Manager’s Editorial Advisory Board, to identify the top challenges ASC leaders are facing. Here are their responses. We believe you will see some of your own challenges reflected in their comments.   Mary Stewart, MSN, BSN, RN…

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By: Jan Allison, RN, CHSP
September 20, 2018
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Would You Be Scoped in Your Own Facility? Tips and Tricks to Endoscope Reprocessing

Would You Be Scoped in Your Own Facility? Tips and Tricks to Endoscope Reprocessing by Nancy Schlossberg, BSN, RN, CGRN, CER, Program Director-Digestive Health Services, John Muir Health   New guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend that colorectal cancer screening begin at a younger age than what is currently…

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By: Nancy Schlossberg, BSN, RN, CGRN, CER
September 6, 2018
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Sharps inflicting increased wounds in the OR

Injuries from needlesticks—whether from disposable syringes, IV catheters, or blood collection devices—accounted for more than 30% of all sharps injuries in 2016, especially among nurses. Injuries from skin injections alone accounted for 25.7% of all sharps injuries that year. And, for the first time, injuries occurring from suturing during procedures…

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By: OR Manager
July 23, 2018
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OR Manager’s ASC Blog: Welcome

OR Manager’s ASC Blog: Welcome by Beverly Kirchner BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, COO, SurgeryDirect, LLC   It all starts with the first blog post. This blog is meant for all ambulatory surgery center leaders (whether a charge nurse or an administrator) as a means to stay in the know (read:…

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By: Beverly Kirchner BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC
August 21, 2018
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Are Your Hands Clean? - Exploring the Importance of Hand Hygiene in ASCs

Are Your Hands Clean? - Exploring the Importance of Hand Hygiene in ASCs by Donna Label, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, Consultant   Taylor, thank you so much for asking me to do this post for the new ASC blog with OR Manger. As this is my first entry, I felt…

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By: Donna Label, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR
September 6, 2018
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Surgical Council facilitates service line moves between hospitals

To improve healthcare delivery and eliminate duplication, hospitals are banding together into systems in which specialties such as labor and delivery and smaller surgical cases are performed at satellite hospitals, and larger, more complex procedures are done at the main campus. This is the approach taken at the Cleveland Clinic,…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
May 18, 2018
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Education and coaching ease transition for new nurse managers

Developing effective leaders for the perioperative setting is typically one of the most challenging parts of a current leader’s role. It’s tempting to quickly plug leadership holes with whoever is at hand—even if the person’s leadership aptitude or abilities are lacking. But that approach usually leads to high turnover and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 20, 2018
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Surgical volume outpaces growth in nursing staff

The good news/bad news for OR leaders from the 2018 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey: Surgical volume continues to increase for many hospitals, but staff turnover and recruitment difficulties remain, creating challenges in meeting that increased volume. Another ongoing challenge is reimbursement changes; more than half of respondents report bundled…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 21, 2018
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Muster the Millennial will and skill to lead successfully

The loss of experienced nurse leaders to Baby Boomer retirement has been a concern for the past several years. A total of 17% of respondents to the 2017 OR Manager Salary/Career survey said they plan to retire sometime in 2018 to 2020, so grooming their successors should already be well…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 20, 2018
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Vigilance and diligence needed to enforce hand hygiene

Hungarian obstetrician Ingvar Semmelweis recognized the link between hand washing and childbirth fever in the mid-1800s. During his lifetime, this theory was often ignored or mocked, but ultimately hand washing was scientifically proven to prevent infections. Almost two centuries later, hand washing still reigns as the queen of infection prevention,…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
July 23, 2018
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