4 Steps Every Provider Must Take Before Prescribing an Opioid

Patients in pain who rely on opioids for analgesia and improved function deserve access to safe and effective medication; to deprive them of optimal pain relief certainly does them harm.1

Hidden Risks in the OR

Despite the known hazards, research shows health care workers continue to be at risk for job-related injuries. Standardized institutional policies, whether they are related to the intrinsic hazards of the workplace or those caused by a lack of compliance...

SHEA Issues Infection Control Guidance for OR Anesthesia Care

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) released new expert guidance to improve infection control prac tices specific to OR anesthesia care that aims to help protect patients from nosocomial infections (Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2019:1-17).

OR Design Can Affect Outcomes

Westlake Village, Calif.—One after another, six burn patients treated in the corner room of an eight-room isolated ICU pick up the same fungal infection.

7 Winning Strategies for Equipment Negotiation

Purchasing medical supplies is a costly proposition for hospitals. A 2018 analysis found that hospitals could save about $25 billion—or $11 million per hospital—annually along the supply chain, which includes the purchase of medical equipment.

Fire It Up: Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana

Everyone wants to know whether cannabis is as good a drug as many people claim. This is no longer just an academic question.

Skull Cap or Bouffant Cap: Why It Matters

In 2014, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) published guidelines on operating room attire. The guidelines stated: “A bouffant hat should be worn to cover all of the hair, scalp, and ears to minimize skin and hair shedding...

Perioperative Managers Harness Data To Measure OR Efficiency

With new shifts in procedure types and revenue streams, perioperative managers are delving into the data, investigating time and resources used in order to streamline processes and enhance the work and efficiency of surgery blocks, according to research presented...

Under-Drape Suctioning, Minimal Oxygen Delivery Decrease Risk for OR Fires

Boston—Although they are rare, surgical fires can have devastating consequences. According to the results of a new study, the causes of these OR catastrophes are well known and largely preventable.

Silver-Plated Nylon Dressings: An Antimicrobial to Reduce HAIs

With the cost of health care–acquired infections (HAIs) reaching $10 billion annually for the entire U.S. health care system, one Florida hospital significantly reduced the incidence of two of the leading HAIs by switching to silver-plated antimicrobial nylon dressings....

Experts Say Nurse Leadership Roles Need Expansion in Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

Only recently have health care organizations realized that nurses are crucial players in the fight against antimicrobial resistance and the adverse events that can occur when administering these drugs.

App Engages Surgery Patients Through Enhanced Recovery Process

Use of a mobile app in patients undergoing hepatopancreaticobiliary procedures in an enhanced recovery after surgery program may improve tracking of both patient-reported outcomes and...

Surgeon Preference Card Review Results In Significant Savings in Lap Chole

New York—A task as simple as reviewing surgeons’ preference cards can result in substantial cost savings, according to the success of one hospital’s experiment in...

Unlocking the Value of Innovative Devices and Products: The VAC Process

Hospital value analysis committee processes can help evaluate products, strategies, and services that offer the greatest value at the lowest cost but are methodology...

OR Handovers, Particularly During Long Surgeries, Increase Post-op Adverse Outcomes

San Francisco—Intraoperative handovers between anesthesia providers are associated with adverse postoperative outcomes, and these effects are worsened when handovers occur among less experienced practitioners or...