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High reliability: Excellent care every time

High reliability has now permeated the healthcare literature, but some clinicians are still unsure exactly what it means. A simple definition offered by Coleen Smith, MBA, RN, CPHQ, director of High Reliability Initiatives for the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, is “excellence in patient care for every patient, every…

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By: OR Manager
February 19, 2016
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Proper packaging ensures integrity of sterilization

Sterilization packaging is considered a medical device and thus it must undergo validation testing before being used in healthcare facilities. To ensure proper packaging that will maintain the integrity of sterilization, consult the packaging manufacturers’ instructions for use (IFU) and follow the sterilization standards and guidelines from the Association for…

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By: OR Manager
February 19, 2016
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Preparation, policy compliance key to positive survey outcome

Preparation for a visit from the Joint Commission or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is key to a positive survey outcome. “There is nothing mysterious about Joint Commission or CMS compliance,” says John Rosing, MHA, FACHE, vice president and principal, Patton Healthcare Consulting, Naperville, Illinois. Ensuring compliance involves…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 20, 2016
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Professional peer review compels staff to improve performance and quality--Part 2

Part 1 of this two-part series, published in the January issue of OR Manager, discussed the concepts of professional peer review (PPR). In this article, experts from University Medical Center (UMC) in Lubbock, Texas, and Boston Medical Center share strategies for implementing the process.   Staff involvement Once staff understand…

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By: OR Manager
January 20, 2016
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Preanesthesia testing area well positioned to prepare patients for surgery

Is your preanesthesia testing area providing measurable value, and is it positioned to drive surgery toward a new paradigm of care? As government payers shift toward value-based care with the required bundled payment for total joints starting in 800 hospitals and 75 markets (as part of the Comprehensive Care for…

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By: OR Manager
January 20, 2016
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Managing disruptive behavior will remove bullies from the OR

Hundreds of nurse leaders filled the room for a presentation on dealing with difficult people during the annual OR Manager Conference in October 2015—a testament to the prevalence of bullies and disruptive behavior in the OR environment. “In early 2011, a Google search was run using the terms ‘nurse bullying’…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2015
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Active listening lowers stress, builds confidence

The use of storytelling and listening to staff stories can be a valuable tool to help OR managers understand and mitigate workplace challenges and incivility. These are the findings of a doctoral study by Patricia Littlejohn, MBA, RN, CNOR, director, neurosciences and program development, Regional Medical Center, San Jose, California.…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
December 16, 2015
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Professional peer review compels staff to improve performance and quality--Part 1

The most successful perioperative services leaders are those who have built excellent teams that balance individual responsibility and accountability with respect for all team members, regardless of the roles they play. To create that culture, OR leaders must model the behavior and attitudes they expect from their staffs. One way…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2015
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Fine print in supply contracts often holds keys to cost savings

When it comes to buying medical-surgical supplies, quality, safety, and physician comfort are foremost—but that doesn’t mean price is no object. Even though ambulatory surgery center (ASC) staff often lack materials management expertise, they can achieve cost savings in several ways, especially if they brush up on terms used in…

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By: Paula DeJohn
December 16, 2015
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