How Interventional Effort Reduced Opioid Prescriptions at One Hospital

In the spring of 2016, patients discharged after undergoing a general surgery procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital left with a prescription for a median of 150 mg of oral morphine equivalent.

How to Bridge the Digital Divide—In Your Office

Many patients don’t have a problem with their doctor using a computer during office visits, but some report being irritated by the way physicians use the technology at the point of care.

Surgeons Share Tips For Robotic Hernia, Acute Care Surgery

Baltimore—Tips on using surgical robots efficiently for transabdominal preperitoneal repair of hernia and the application of robotics for acute care surgeons were presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

The ‘IDEAL’ Framework for Evaluating New Surgical Techniques

Montreal—New drugs typically undergo rigorous evaluation before being approved for widespread use. In contrast, new surgical techniques often do not endure the same level of scrutiny before gaining traction.

Keeping Your Cool In the OR

Nashville, Tenn.—When Jill Byrne, MSN, RN, CNOR, transferred back to the OR almost 10 years ago, she quickly saw that the surgeons and everyone else on her team were losing their cool.

Antimicrobial Resistance in Perspective: Using New Technology To Help Identify Resistant Pathogens

Antimicrobial resistance is part of natural selection and has existed for millennia. In the community, the clinician usually is faced with quinolone-resistant E. coli UTIs, MRSA skin infections, and macrolide-resistant GAS infections. MRSA is also a problem in the...

Create Innovation Ramps, Not Roadblocks, To Speed Review of New Devices

San Diego—Value analysis has become a holy grail in health care. But how can health care organizations introduce innovative techniques and technologies safely and cost-effectively?

Study Quantifies Time Spent On Electronic Health Records

Ask any surgeon how much time they spend on their hospital’s electronic health record and the answer is likely to be the same: too much.

The Doctor–Patient Relationship, Defined by Era

(A friend calls a friend) Caller: I’m going to need surgery.

Hydrogen Peroxide Foam Effective as Hospital Disinfectant

Hydrogen peroxide foam is an affordable, effective method of disinfecting hospital sinks, according to a new study.

An American Dies Every 15 minutes From a Resistant Infection

An American dies every 15 minutes from a resistant infection, according to CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, who released the latest CDC update on resistant threats.

Preparing for the Uptick in Transgender Patients and Gender-Affirming Procedures

Nashville, Tenn.—In the summer of 2017, Kim M. Hughes, RN, CNOR, scrubbed in for a chest reconstruction surgery. The patient, Morgan—a 17-year-old transgender boy—was undergoing...

Collaborative Guidelines Help Slash Post-op Opioid Use

Evidence-based prescribing guidelines reduced postoperative opioid consumption for nine general surgeries by roughly 30%.

The Doctor–Patient Relationship, as Defined by Language

After five rings, a robot answers the phone number the caller was given upon leaving the hospital after surgery.

What’s the Holdup? Interdepartmental Collaboration Overcomes Costly Delays

At $62 per minute, a 60-minute delay can cost a hospital $3,720. Add in a turnover time of 30 minutes and now that’s $5,580. If...