On Babies, Bath Water and Opioids

The “opioid crisis” occupies a substantial part of our professional and political milieu. We are besieged by headlines in media of all types reporting on the evils of opioid analgesics.

How Rude! Incivility Can Cause OR Woes

During a routine procedure, something goes awry. The patient is bleeding, but not at the surgical site. The OR team needs to act quickly to make a differential diagnosis and stabilize the patient.

A Peek at Emerging Surgical Technology

A virtual reality tour of a hospital and an OR “black box” device to analyze aberrations during surgical procedures were among the novel ideas presented during an emerging technology session at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society of...

Surgeon General: Marijuana Harmful to Pregnant Women and Young People

Marijuana, which is much more potent today, is particularly harmful to the developing brain, so pregnant women and adolescents should be discouraged from using it.

In the OR, a Cell Phone Attached to the Hip Is the Norm

The world of personal electronic devices and social media in the OR has long been a controversial topic. While they are useful with dozens of applications and instantaneous responses on Google or via text message, experts say there are...

Second Victim Program Helps Health Care Workers Cope in the Aftermath of Tragedy

On Feb. 22, 2001, an 18-month-old girl named Josie King, who was almost ready to go home after treatment for severe burns, died from extreme dehydration and undetected infection. After King’s death, the staff at Johns Hopkins, with the toddler’s...

How Going Green in the OR Can Save Your Hospital Millions

Hospitals in the U.S. create just under 34 pounds of waste per staffed bed per day, which translates to approximately 11.5 billion pounds of trash each year. The OR generates a substantial portion of that waste, with estimates as...

PI-KARE™ Technology: Skin-Friendly PI Surgical Glove Advancement

A leading manufacturer of surgical and examination gloves, Ansell—based in Melbourne, Australia—has a 125-year history of developing innovative products and technologies designed to improve hand and body safety for the health care, industrial, and life science fields.

Quiet Please! High Noise Levels Pose Health, Safety Risks in the OR

Nashville, Tenn.—A nursing initiative to assess noise in the OR has exposed the dangerous decibel levels encountered by surgical staff and patients on a daily basis, according to data presented at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses 2019 Global...

Group Shares ERAS Experience Across 8 Surgical Services

Expanding enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols to surgical service lines beyond colorectal surgery can have a positive impact on patient outcomes, hospital length of stay and the hospital’s bottom line, according to an evaluation of one center’s rapid...

Tips for Building Your OR Dream Team

Building a dream team for the OR is essential because this group can provide safe (no surgical site infections), efficient (quick turnover) and timely patient care, and a healthy work environment for the staff in the OR.

Looming Anesthesiologist Shortage Fuels High Market Demand

It’s a familiar tale of inexorable demographics and health trends: the rapid graying of America, the growing chronic disease burden, and the exodus of physicians...

S. aureus Common Cellphone Pathogen?

Researchers found the presence of Staphylococcus aureus among 40% of the cellphones belonging to biomedical students, and much of it was resistant, according to a...

Can All Sepsis Deaths Be Prevented?

Many people think that most sepsis deaths could be preventable if hospitals were better at treating the condition, but that may not be the case....

Surgeons Debate Management of Small Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

San Diego—With the widespread use of advanced imaging techniques, incidental diagnosis of small pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors has greatly increased in recent years, leading to many...