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Polls leading up to the midterm elections put healthcare as the top issue of concern among likely voters, with gun policy, Supreme Court nominees, the economy and jobs, and education right behind it. In a year fraught with an ever-widening chasm along party lines, there were distinctly different priorities among…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 14, 2018
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How do you handle social determinants?

Social and demographic factors play a huge role in any patient’s overall health and recovery from surgery. When treating patients who lack health insurance, family support, or language/literacy skills—among many other possible disadvantages—providing safe patient care can extend well beyond clinical aspects. OR managers and their staffs may take on…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 23, 2018
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New safety program helps hospitals adopt ERAS

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) led the list of newer patient care models in use at hospitals that employ respondents to the 2018 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. A total of 42% of hospital-based OR leaders said ERAS had been or would soon be implemented in their facilities, down slightly from…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 14, 2018
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Intraoperative positioning education fills knowledge void in care unit nurses

Can experience in the OR improve patient care in the postsurgical inpatient setting? Beginning last year, the OR at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, started its first Periop 101 program and trained six nurses from postsurgical care units to be perioperative nurses. During the program, the former care unit nurses found…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
October 18, 2018
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PAT makeover enhances patient and provider satisfaction

Not all hospitals have a preadmission testing (PAT) process, and even when they do, communication breakdowns and inefficiencies can make the process ineffective. Recognizing that the PAT process at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, needed a makeover was the first step in launching an improvement project that led…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
July 23, 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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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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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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Attendees of the 2018 OR Manager Conference likely went home feeling inspired and recharged, but it can be hard to hold onto that enthusiasm over time. Our conference highlights article (cover) may jog their memories and, we hope, will reinvigorate their passion to excel as leaders. Every OR Manager Conference…

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By: OR Manager
October 18, 2018
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ORBMC 2018 arms business leaders with best practices

San Antonio, Texas, played host to the 2018 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC), attended by more than 400 surgical services leaders, business managers, and industry leaders from across the US. Attendees chose from a menu of topics—including strategies to increase case volume, efficiency, and data transparency, right-size the OR, and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 16, 2018
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