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Over half of larger ORs have business managers

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 Over half of teaching hospitals (52%) and larger surgical departments with 10 or more ORs (56%) now have OR business managers, according to the 2011 OR Manager Salary/Career survey. The position has become increasingly common over the past decade to meet the…

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November 1, 2011
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Editorial

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 In this age of data and measurement, we may not think of compassionate care as something that can be measured. It’s an intangible yet critical aspect of care and healing. With the intense focus on austerity, tight reimbursement, and managing costs, there’s…

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November 1, 2011
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Seeking a cure for ASCs’ block schedule gridlock

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 The Christiana SurgiCenter, a 7-OR ambulatory surgery center (ASC) was losing volume. Although its ORs were staffed 8 hours a day, surgeons were saying they couldn’t get their cases scheduled. The problem turned out to be the block schedule. It was like…

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November 1, 2011
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Full-rotation three-dimensional intraoperative imaging during spinal procedures

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 • NOVEMBER 2011 Editor’s Note OR leaders are striving to make evidence-based decisions about new technology. OR Manager, Inc, and ECRI Institute have joined in a collaboration to bring quarterly supplements with summaries of the Institute’s Emerging Technology Evidence Reports to OR…

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November 1, 2011
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Six strategies for boosting outcomes as Medicare/Medicaid pay tightens

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 The message coming out of Washington is clear: Do more with less. Under Medicare’s hospital inpatient value-based purchasing (VBP) program launched July 1, 2011, DRG payments will be tied to performance on quality and patient satisfaction metrics. This is part of the…

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November 1, 2011
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High-throughput OR pod expedites patient flow

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 A new high-throughput OR pod at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston is designed to expedite patient flow and make the most of the OR’s resources during regular weekday house. The 4-OR pod with 13 perianesthesia bays is part of a 28-OR…

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November 1, 2011
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State of Evidence Base

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 Quantity of Evidence Base (Low) The evidence base consists of a single controlled study of spinal fusion that compared the accuracy of pedicle screw placement in a patient group that had two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) intraoperative imaging using the O-arm System…

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November 1, 2011
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Home laundering can leave bacteria on uniforms

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 Home washing machines may not always use hot enough water to eliminate bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Acinetobacter from hospital uniforms, according to a study in the November 2011 Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Researchers in the UK tested nurses’…

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November 1, 2011
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Honor a periop colleague

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 November 7-13, 2011, is Perioperative Nurse Week. The AORN Foundation is pleased to provide the opportunity to honor colleagues by making a donation to the Foundation in their name. An acknowledgment note will be sent to each colleague honored through a donation.…

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November 1, 2011
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How surgery departments charge for OR time

OR Manager; Vol. 27 No. 11; November 2011 There is no standard method for charging for OR time. In this article, 5 OR business managers describe their OR charging structures, which primarily are based on the OR minute and assign a level of service based on resource utilization. The departments…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2011
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