Fire It Up: Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana

Seattle—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 compliance with enhanced pathway items, according to new research that found the app feasible...

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 reining in OR costs associated with laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

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 during longer surgeries.

Is Assisted Surgery Just Around the Corner?

Ghent, Belgium—The adoption of robotic surgery has risen dramatically in the past six years, and this trend is likely to continue as emerging technologies make it increasingly accessible, affordable and user-friendly.

Opioid Overuse in Hospitals Can Be Slowed, Study Finds

Educating inpatient prescribers on the benefits of oral and subcutaneous administration of opioids versus IV administration can markedly reduce the amount of opioids dispensed, researchers at Yale New Haven Hospital have found.

OR Air Contamination Standards Needed to Control SSI Risk

Minneapolis—Air contamination standards for microbial aerosol particulates in the OR are needed to reduce the risk for ssIs, said Charles E. Edmiston Jr., PhD, at...

Post-op Opioid Use Affected by Age, Anxiety and Education

San Francisco—A study of factors that influence the amount of postoperative opioid consumption concluded that significantly fewer opioids were used in the first month after...

Are Surgical Caps on the Verge of a Comeback?

A resolution to the debate over OR attire—most notably, surgical caps versus bouffants—may be on the horizon. A growing body of research has shown that bouffants...

The Surgical Robot: What Have You Done for Us Lately?

No matter how you slice it, two things are for certain: The robot is here to stay in some capacity and its use continues to...