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Block schedule best practices: Calculate, allocate, and regulate

A common strategy for managing OR utilization is block scheduling: Assigning surgical time to individual surgeons or surgeon groups based on their volume. But what sounds like a simple process is often complicated by the potential for dissatisfaction and reduced utilization. Yet done effectively, block scheduling can significantly boost the…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 14, 2018
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Policy compliance essential for overlapping surgery safety

Flipping rooms, or running two ORs back to back, is common in many perioperative services departments. Certain rules of thumb can help ensure efficiency and good outcomes, but sometimes those rules either don’t exist or are unclear. Does your facility have guidelines for overlapping surgery, and do your surgical teams…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
December 13, 2018
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Value stream redesign: The cornerstone of excellent patient care

Many healthcare organizations have adopted Lean processes to save money, improve workflow, and reduce waste. But it’s not just process change that drives success. It’s the individuals—especially those on the front lines—who work together to identify problems and solutions. It’s also ongoing efforts to sustain changes once they have been…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
October 18, 2018
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2019 Planning Committee Update

Amazing how fast the year has gone. It feels like I just finished the blog to say, “welcome,” and now I am taking a moment to wish you all a very happy holiday season. And now, more than ever, this blog is meant for all ambulatory surgery center leaders (whether…

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By: Beverly Kirchner BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, COO, SurgeryDirect LLC
December 20, 2018
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Advise and collect: Helping patients pay for surgery

Long gone are the days when employer-based health insurance covered most, if not all, of patients’ healthcare bills. Insurance companies and employers expect individuals to pay a larger chunk of healthcare costs themselves. The 2018 benchmark Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Employer Health Benefits Survey found that “a quarter (26%) of…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
November 14, 2018
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Cross-generational communication: A two-way street

Today’s perioperative services staff consist of multiple generations with different backgrounds and communication styles. Nurse leaders must consider such differences, not only for recruitment and retention purposes but also for developing bonds with bosses who are not from their own generation—because they will have their own unique leadership styles. “Each…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 18, 2018
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Research backs changes to AORN's Guideline for Sterilization

AORN’s updated Guideline for Sterilization is based on a recent review of evidence in peer-reviewed journals and regulations from 2012 to 2017. In addition to guidance for sterilizing reusable medical devices to be used in perioperative and procedural settings, the updated guideline points to findings that substantiate current practices, and…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
November 14, 2018
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Validate and verify medical devices to ensure safety

Sometimes surgeons ask to have nonmedical devices sterilized, such as spoons, hockey pucks, and fish hooks. Healthcare staff may want to accommodate their requests, but there are times when they cannot do so. A central service (CS) should only sterilize medical devices that have undergone validation testing, which demonstrates that…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
August 21, 2018
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Orthopedic bundled payment models on the fast track--Part 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is poised to launch Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced on October 1, 2018, and is continuing its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment model for total hip and knee arthroplasty (THA, TKA). “Orthopedics is the most important service…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 21, 2018
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Top 10 health technology hazards for 2019 named

The devices and systems we use when diagnosing and treating patients are invaluable to patient care—but they are not perfect. Patients and staff can be harmed if design flaws or system faults aren’t identified and rectified, equipment isn’t adequately maintained or prepared for use, or proper procedures aren’t followed. Preventing…

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By: ECRI
November 14, 2018
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