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October 2021

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Using Analytics to Drive Meaningful Clinical Change…From Actual Clinicians

Wednesday, October 6 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: 
Surgical Directions

The Nurse and Physician Leadership at Surgical Directions will discuss the functional and tactical role analytics plays in their daily management and decision making. Not all data are required all the time. Given the volume of information that abounds in the procedural services and perioperative arenas, knowing exactly what data to focus on and for which tasks and objectives can be overwhelming.

Moreover, having a peer-to-peer lens is crucial to driving behavioral change as well as adopting and understanding such change. As such, our clinical experts will outline the specific ways they work with their nursing and physician peers to leverage analytics and drive meaningful, measurable benefits into the operating room.

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How a Leading AMC Increased OR Utilization and Access with AI-powered Block Management

Wednesday, September 15 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: 

Today, perioperative leaders face the challenge of improving access while simultaneously driving growth and balancing competing priorities from multiple stakeholders. The current process is highly manual and relies on the heroic efforts of OR teams to ensure that all these stakeholders are meshing seamlessly.

It’s time for a new approach!

Join us to hear why Tammy Jones, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Chief Perioperative Officer of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is prioritizing new innovations in automation and artificial intelligence to address perennial challenges of access, block management, and utilization in the OR.

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OR’s Juggling Act: Matching Supply of Anesthesia Coverage with Surgeon Demand for OR Time

Wednesday, August 18 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: 

Matching supply and demand patterns is a critical requirement in OR Management. On the supply side there is the staff (the right staff with the right skills), the ORs, anesthesia coverage, and the equipment; on the demand side there is the procedure volume, mix of types of volume, timing, and expected duration.

How can today’s OR managers and leaders ensure that surgeons have optimal access, that the ORs have the right staff and anesthesia coverage and balancing that with staffing shortages, anesthesia shortages, increasing case volume and declining reimbursement. These challenges require greater efficiency than those delivered by shaving off a few minutes of turnover time and greater visibility into underutilized blocks and staffed room utilization.

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Patient Engagement: A Powerful ROI Strategy in ERAS and PSH Programs

Wednesday, July 28 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: 

Educating and coaching patients both before and after surgery has been shown to reduce same-day cancellations, length of stay, postoperative complications and readmissions, and referrals to skilled nursing facilities. Organizations can realize significant revenue gains and cost reduction by using secure messaging protocols to engage patients in achieving good outcomes. Attend this webinar to learn how focusing on patient engagement can help improve return on investment (ROI). Clinicians from leading healthcare organizations will present case studies illustrating the patient engagement ROI associated with Enhanced Recovery After Surgery and Perioperative Surgical Home programs.

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Surviving a Surgical Glove Change

Wednesday, June 23 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: 

Changing glove manufacturers can be a daunting task because surgeons and staff tend to have strong preferences about particular brands. A well-planned conversion, however, can overcome biases and benefit the bottom line. In this webinar, you will gain insight into value analysis, how to evaluate direct and indirect costs associated with glove changes, the importance of staff education, and the elements of a successful vendor partnership.

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How to Reduce Your Operating Rooms Supply Cost by $1 Million and Increase Service Line Profitability by 15%

Thursday, June 10 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: VIE Healthcare Consulting

There are several challenges facing OR Leaders in cost management and maintaining healthy margins for surgical lines. The relentless rise of non-labor hospital costs is expected to continue throughout 2024. We are seeing an unprecedented price creep for OR implants and supplies.
For many OR leaders, cost control is a strategic priority. The Operating Room accounts for up to 70% of a hospital’s revenue, between 55% to 65% of its margins and 50% of a hospital’s costs – which makes the OR a foundational part of the financial success of a hospital.

Since the financial improvements are in the details, we will show you exactly where to look to uncover those details with the greatest financial benefit to your Operating Room.

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Why the Health of Surgical Dictionaries Matters 

Thursday, May 27 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: Intelligent Medical Objects

Surgical scheduling dictionaries are foundational to managing operative care. Unfortunately, they’re not “set-it-and-forget it” tools – they are constantly evolving due to industry code set updates and the changing nature of healthcare. Without a dedicated dictionary maintenance team, terms can quickly fall out of date and put your organization at risk for inaccurate reporting, substandard reimbursements, and more.

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How Advanced Analytics Enhance the Usefulness of Your EMR

Wednesday, May 12 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: Surgical Directions

In this webinar, an expert panel will discuss the data needs of highly functional surgical services departments and the current shortcomings of electronic medical records (EMRs) in addressing those needs. You will learn how advanced analytics address EMR limitations and the benefits they provide for OR directors and their teams. Panelists will also suggest practices to get the most out of your data and explain how the data can be used to support planning and decision making

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Building a Data-Driving Management Culture and Leveraging Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics

Wednesday, April 28 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: LeanTaaS

Electronic health records (EHRs) have long been the source of information for decisions about how to allocate OR time, but EHRs lack the predictive and prescriptive capabilities that are needed to maximize OR utilization.

Learn how hospitals around the country are successfully moving toward a fair and transparent system for scheduling cases, and managing block and open time while maximizing staff, equipment, and capital utilization. The results are impressive: $500K per OR per year improvement in revenue, 6%point+ increase in prime-time utilization, growth of surgical market share, increased surgeon, staff, and patient satisfaction.

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Using AI for Dynamic Block Management

Wednesday, March 24 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by:
Hospital IQ

Traditional approaches for managing perioperative block allocation are rigid and often lead to underutilized ORs and unsatisfied surgeons. For multiple reasons, including manual processes, a lack of trusted data, limited visibility of available OR time, and more, OR utilization is effectively capped with these methods.
In this webinar, learn how artificial intelligence and automated workflows can help organizations dynamically manage blocks and take their perioperative performance to the next level.

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Leadership, Policy, and Transparency: Driving Sustainable Value, Efficiency, and Surgeon Utilization

Wednesday, December 3, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: LeanTaaS

Managing ORs is hard, especially without access to reliable and readily available data. EHRs that are built to capture information about patients and their care do not provide the level of data visibility or reliability needed to make daily as well as strategic decisions about expensive healthcare assets such as ORs. Ensuring surgeons have optimal access, knowing exactly where and how to drive efficiency, and delivering value to surgeons, patients, and staff are constant challenges. These challenges require greater visibility into available OR time and key performance indicators.

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Reclaim Your Most Valuable Asset: Converting Unused OR Time into More Cases

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: Surgical Directions

Operating rooms grapple with time lost due to late starts, lengthy turnovers, underutilized blocks, unused blocks, and more. At the same time, many surgeons are clamoring for increased access to handle more cases.

In this free webinar, Surgical Directions will present how to reclaim lost and wasted time that is holding back your OR. We will discuss how waste happens, how to measure it, and, critically, how to organize for success to convert the lost time into additional cases for your facility. With over 25 years of experience working at hundreds of hospitals and ASCs, the Surgical Directions team has the expertise to discuss ways to improve your financial performance and patient experience.

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Surgical Hands: A Chemical Battlefield in the OR

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 12:00  – 1:00 p.m. | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: Molnlycke Biogel

Occupational contact dermatitis, an inflammatory skin condition that occurs due to workplace exposure, can have long-term consequences, causing some healthcare workers to miss work and even change jobs. Nurses working in surgical wards and intensive care units are at the highest risk among healthcare workers.

Surgical gloves are a common culprit of both irritant and allergic contact dermatitis in the healthcare setting. Glove-associated irritants include wet work, friction, air occlusion, excessive sweating, and poor hand hygiene. In addition, wearers may incur allergic contact dermatitis to chemical additives, especially accelerators that are added to speed up the manufacturing process, in both latex and synthetic gloves.

This free webinar will help you understand treatment and prevention measures relative to Occupational Contact Dermatitis, including switching to gloves that have been manufactured without chemicals accelerators known to cause contact dermatitis.

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OR Infection Prevention in the COVID Era: A Focus on Urology and Ureteroscope Reprocessing 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | 1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: Boston Scientific & Ofstead & Associates

In today’s ever-changing COVID environment, you and your surgical team may have questions and concerns. Please join us for a discussion on infection prevention strategies with special focus given to urology and ureteroscope reprocessing practices. Presenter Cori Ofstead, a global infection prevention thought leader, will share her insights on COVID in urine, scope reprocessing effectiveness and risk of infection transmission in urology, and recommendations for minimizing risk to protect patients and staff alike. Key discussion points during this moderated webinar will include recent findings on ureteroscope reprocessing effectiveness and how to better manage this during COVID and beyond.

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Lean and Patient Safety: The Perfect Perioperative Partners

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | 1 CE
Presented in partnership by: OPS

Unprecedented times present unique opportunities. We all know how the pandemic has disrupted perioperative and elective services. The pandemic is challenging us, but it has also presented us with an opportunity to evaluate many processes during the re-start of surgical service lines. As you re-deploy you will find many opportunities for improvement. You have the ability with the right approach to improve quality, staff and surgeon satisfaction, patient satisfaction, flow, and expense.

How do you take advantage of this moment in time to identify the challenges that have plagued your OR for years, create logical plans, and finally implement solutions that work? During this free webinar, we will share Lean tools and methodologies that can help you attain a future state that is better than the pre-pandemic normal. You will learn straightforward Lean practices, tips, and tools that can help you improve perioperative services for the benefit of all. Discussion will also include case study examples of how Lean thinking can work to improve the effectiveness of your OR, every day, for everyone.

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How OR Managers Can Save Capital Dollars with an Equipment-Sharing Initiative Post COVID-19

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. |1 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: Cohealo

As hospitals resume their elective case schedule post COVID-19, there will be significant demand for capital equipment. Not only will case volume be higher in operating rooms, but also extended into more sites of care such as medical office buildings, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), and specialty clinics. At the same time, healthcare leaders know that returning their organization to financial health means doing more with less, with fewer capital dollars available for new equipment purchases.

Join speakers Todd Rothenhaus, MD, and Brett Reed for this free webinar to learn about a step-by-step approach for implementing a program to share equipment between hospitals, an entirely new way to save that maximizes equipment utilization, eliminates rental fees, and reduces capital expenses. As elective surgeries are rescheduled, explore how an equipment-sharing program can help expand service lines into new sites of care—without the corresponding capital costs—and address new requests for equipment.

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Restoring Your Elective Surgery Caseload Post COVID-19

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Sponsored in partnership by: LeanTaaS

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, most hospitals are cancelling or postponing elective surgeries. Addressing the large backlog to restore elective surgery caseload is a top post-pandemic priority of OR leaders. This will require careful planning and execution in the coming weeks and months to identify the backlog, manage block versus open time, open more time to perform more cases, and accommodate the pent-up volume given each hospital’s available resources (rooms, staffing, locations).

Join us for this free webinar as industry experts provide a set of tools and a step-by-step approach as part of a model for successfully managing and restoring elective surgery caseload. Attendees will learn how to access the model for use at their institutions and be able to ask questions following the presentation.

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The Road to Recovery: OR Management After the COVID-10 Crisis

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | 0 CE
Sponsored in partnership by: Surgical Directions

The case volume and operational disruptions from the COVID-19 crisis will very likely have an enduring impact on hospital operating room management. Picking up the pieces and positioning the OR for successful recovery will be a significant challenge. This webinar outlines the steps necessary to recover as much case volume as possible, including how to handle changes in daily operations, and proactive management of patients for the elective surgical recovery period. We will also discuss the critical need for partnership with physicians and patients to keep communication lines open.

Join this free webinar to review effective strategies for helping your OR in the wake of COVID-19. We will share suggested practices and tools that can help your surgical department recover while running effectively and efficiently. Please note that there will be no CEs offered for this webinar.

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