Overlapping Surgery Shown Safe, But With Caveats

The common but controversial practice of overlapping surgery has been found to be safe, with two exceptions: patients deemed preoperatively to be at high risk for death or complications and those undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, according...

Battling Physician Burnout at the Institutional Level

A lifelong Buddhist with a daily meditation practice, Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, a professor and the chair of surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, in Lubbock, is often invited to speak to physicians about meditation and other mindfulness...

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.

Opioid Overdose Now Leads to More Deaths Than Motor Vehicle Accidents

Americans are now more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle accident, according to the annual Odds of Dying report by the National Safety Council (NSC), released in January.

Society Shines Spotlight on Hernia Mesh Safety Issues

Las Vegas—In a first for the 22-year-old organization, the Americas Hernia Society brought together surgeons, scientists, mesh manufacturers and lawyers in a packed room at its annual meeting to address a question that, having never been answered in clinical...

Deadly Staph Infections Remain Threat In Hospitals and Communities

Staph infections were associated with almost 20,000 deaths in health care and community settings in 2017, according to the CDC.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...