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 and nurses from the baby boomer generation into retirement, thus fueling a health care...

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 poster presented at ASM Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. 

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. A records review of 568 adult patients who died in the hospital or were...

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 challenging clinical decisions.

The ‘Sandwich Generation’: Are Gen-Xers Still Feeling the Squeeze?

This series explores several generations and how they are growing and changing. This conversation began almost 20 years ago as we anticipated the influx of millennials.

NSAIDs, Likely New Culprit in C. diff

Researchers might have found a new link to Clostridioides difficile (formerly Clostridium difficile): the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

New Group Aims To Give Voice to Women in Medicine

Katherine Gerull was tired. As a third-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, she was tired of hearing comments about...

Inadequate Nursing Knowledge About Pain Hinders Effective Pain Management

Las Vegas—A pain survey of 425 nurses found that for many statements, more than 50% of respondents answered incorrectly.

Surgeons Offered Guidelines to Reduce Postoperative Opioids

Two sets of guidelines on opioid prescribing after surgery—intended to aid surgeons in individualizing treatment and avoid providing excessive quantities of opioids—have been developed according...

Improving Reimbursement: Time for a New Approach?

San Diego—The complexities surrounding health care reimbursement in the United States have prompted some health systems and hospitals to rethink their billing models.