Tag: New OR Managers

Emotional intelligence: A mark of superior OR leadership

Emotional intelligence is a phrase bandied about in the literature and lay press, but what exactly is it and why should OR leaders care about it? Emotional intelligence (EI) is linked to higher levels of patient, staff, and physician satisfaction as well as patient safety. As such, it’s an important…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Value-based payment raises quality stakes in patient care

Although many healthcare providers are still struggling to implement a value-based payment (VBP) model, everyone knows that the train has left the station and adjustments must be made. Shifting to a VBP system, expanding surgical patient care to “population health,” and developing a new generation of perioperative nurses are among…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Culture change: The best defense against communication failures

Although most OR clinicians would agree poor team communication puts patients at risk, misunderstandings are not uncommon in the perioperative setting. Understanding how communication failures occur and how to correct course takes time and effort, but using the right tools and educating staff can ultimately make patients safer. “The biggest…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Be cognizant, not complacent when using communication tools

Communication tools such as briefings, debriefings, handoffs, and checklists are considered cornerstones of surgical patient safety, but they’re only effective when used correctly. In many ORs, steps may be skipped that later are linked to adverse events that should not have happened. Greater mindfulness and proper implementation of communication tools…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Surgical development teams save millions in clinical costs

Surgeon champions can make or break a perioperative initiative. But it’s not enough to simply identify a single champion. OR leaders must engage a wide range of physicians to improve the organizational structure of the healthcare system. At Intermountain Healthcare, a 22-hospital system based in Salt Lake City, Utah, surgical…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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ERAS improves outcomes, shortens length of stay

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are gaining ground with recent data showing that they improve outcomes. The programs consist of multidisciplinary, evidence-based protocols implemented in the perioperative period to provide standardized patient care. Like other changes in healthcare delivery, adopting ERAS programs takes time and effort. Despite positive results…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
March 17, 2016
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Committee saves over $1 million through cost conscious initiatives

Creating a “Cost Conscious Culture Committee” helped Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland shave more than $1.8 million in operating costs from the beginning of 2014 to the end of 2015. Not only that, but during 2015, MMC’s perioperative services leaders were also involved in a $40 million expansion project…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 17, 2016
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Ophthalmic ASCs have eyes on the prize as the specialty expands

Each year, 3 million Americans have cataracts removed, according to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). Between the aging population and the increasing number of cataract procedures being performed, it’s not surprising that ophthalmology has led the way in specialties that are moving to the outpatient setting.…

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By: Paula DeJohn
March 17, 2016
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Manage physician preference cards to boost efficiency and patient safety

Surgeons often complain that their physician preference cards (PPCs) are not current, and keeping on top of the situation can be a struggle. Yet having accurate information on these cards greatly enhances both efficiency and patient safety, say surgical services leaders who have overhauled their systems. In this article, experts…

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By: OR Manager
February 19, 2016
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Dedication, determination help tame PPC beast

Even the most experienced OR leaders often view physician preference cards (PPCs) as a beast that acts out and demands attention at the most inconvenient times. Two organizations that have managed to tame the PPC beast shared their experiences with OR Manager. Updating cards saves more than $3.2 million Tresa…

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By: OR Manager
February 19, 2016
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