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The new year is here, and as we step into 2024, the team at OR Manager is thrilled to share a number of new initiatives. From new voices to investigative studies and success stories on both fresh and familiar topics, we are eager to continue curating the most relevant content…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
December 20, 2023
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Meeting the SPD staffing challenge

Takeaways • Failure to understand the complexity of the work performed in the sterile processing department (SPD) can lead to staff shortages, errors, and significant financial loss. • Strategies for addressing SPD staffing include effective orientation, certification, competency assessment, analyzing staffing needs, and leader visibility. • SPD schedules should reflect…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
December 20, 2023
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How internal staffing agencies benefit the OR suite

Takeaways Clinical hours per case is a simple, yet effective, productivity metric. Analysis of productivity measures can include benchmarking against external and internal data. A positive work culture will improve staff productivity. Many health systems rely on external, third-party agencies to deploy nurses and other staff. But when a situation…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
November 15, 2023
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New borescope training model improves SPD personnel knowledge, complex skills

Editor's Note This pilot study by epidemiologist Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, and colleagues finds that a new borescope training model improves sterile processing department (SPD) personnel mastery and retention of complex skills. A total of nine certified SPD personnel were involved in the study. Training focused on borescope visual inspection…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 23, 2023
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State of perioperative workforce in 2023: Part 2

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Takeaways Perianesthesia and sterile processing leaders are feeling the pain of staffing shortages. Strategies to recruit and retain staff include raising pay, establishing clinical ladders, training programs, and a positive work environment. A 2022 study found that Certified Post Anesthesia nurses are more satisfied with their jobs than noncertified nurses.…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
April 24, 2023
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