Surgical/Anesthesia

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October 2019
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Is it safe to let residents independently perform appendectomies?

Editor's Note Senior surgical residents can safely supervise junior residents performing appendectomies, and training programs should encourage faculty to let senior residents manage operative appendicitis as independently as possible as well as supervise junior residents intraoperatively, this study finds. In this review of 928 appendectomies performed at the University of…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2019
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How mistakes shape physicians’ perceptions of learning

Editor's Note Using a learning culture perspective that acknowledges blame and responsibility can facilitate learning from mistakes, this Canadian study finds. A total of 19 physicians were interviewed on their experiences in learning from medical errors. Memories of mistakes from residence training stood out, and participants expressed feeling both responsible…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2019
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Machine learning algorithm predicts bleeding during CABG surgery

Editor's Note A machine learning algorithm based on data from the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry accurately identified patients at risk for bleeding during or after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, the August 23 Health IT Analytics reports. Researchers developed the platform using a risk spectrum…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 27, 2019
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Surgical smoke exposure in OR personnel

Editor's Note This review article finds that surgical smoke is dangerous, but the severity of the risk has yet to be been determined. Therefore, no safe level is known. Though numerous studies have been performed on the chemical composition of surgical smoke, the components remain unclear. The variability is likely…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 26, 2019
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ASC Manager Issue 2

Healthcare providers have seen a steady stream of inpatient-only procedures migrate to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) over the past few years. Medicare is reimbursing an increasing number of procedures performed in the outpatient setting, many of them cardiovascular in nature. This issue of ASC Manager explores the development of a…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2019
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What’s Shocking the PACU? Providing Safe Patient Care for Electroconvulsive Therapy

After this session you’ll be able to: 1.     Discuss new modalities in the care of patients requiring electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). 2.     Describe practices for managing ECT patient flow for your department. 3.     Explain how to merge profitability, staffing patterns, and other details for procedural care of unique patient populations.   Why this…

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Inspections reveal need to overhaul bronchoscope reprocessing methods

Extensive research by Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, and her colleagues at Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota) has raised concerns about insufficient reprocessing of gastrointestinal endoscopes and ureteroscopes—even when recommended practices are followed—and their new study makes a compelling case for more stringent reprocessing of bronchoscopes as well. In their…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
August 23, 2019
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Survey finds staffing gap has widened at ASCs since 2018

Staffing remains a significant challenge for many leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), according to the 2019 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Nearly a third (32%) of respondents reported more open RN positions, significantly higher than the 26% in 2018; over the past 5 years, only 2016 had a higher…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 23, 2019
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Proactive policies help protect staff from bloodborne pathogen exposure

Healthcare workers are at risk for bloodborne pathogen exposures in areas ranging from the clinic to the OR—both inpatient and outpatient settings. Such exposures not only cause anxiety, they cost an estimated $3,000 to $5,000 per exposure for things such as baseline and follow-up laboratory testing, treatment of exposed personnel,…

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By: Amy L. Bethel, MPA, RN, NE-BC
August 23, 2019
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Cardiothoracic surgery patients at high risk for postop opioid dependence

Editor's Note This study finds that the amount of opioids prescribed for patients after cardiothoracic surgery has a direct relationship with the risk for opioid dependence and persistent opioid use several months after surgery. Of nearly 25,000 opioid-naïve Medicare patients analyzed, 15.7% of patients who had lung surgery and 12.5%…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN 3 Ultra Delivery System

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on August 22 identified the recall by Edwards Lifesciences of all lots of its SAPIEN 3 Ultra Delivery System as Class I, the most serious. The delivery system is part of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve System. The recall was initiated…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Words of Wisdom From PACU Leaders

After this session you’ll be able to: Discuss fundamental concepts of PACU leadership., Identify tactics for adapting your leadership style to cope with challenging situations., Describe best practices for optimizing patient throughput and managing communication between departments. ,   Why this is important: From staff allocation to pain management, your…

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