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.

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 the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology 2018 annual conference.

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 surgery by patients who were older, college graduates, more active and less anxious compared...

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 do not reduce the rate of surgical site infections compared with surgical caps. The...

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 be a controversial topic across the board. By the time I developed statements for...

OR Preference Cards, Routinely Undervalued, Can Ease Case Flow and Save Money

When Jennifer Dizon, DNP, RN-BC, began updating preference cards for a Duke University hospital in 2005, she thought the project would only last two years.

Following Recent Success, CDC Eyes ‘Ambitious but Attainable’ Cuts in HAIs for 2020

Minneapolis—Health care–associated infections, which the CDC states take tens of thousands of lives and cost the U.S. health care system billions of dollars each year, decreased from one in every 20 to one in every 25 hospitalized patients from...

State of Perioperative Nutrition No Longer Acceptable, Experts Say

Perioperative nutrition in the United States is in dire straits and changes need to be made right away, according to leading researchers and clinicians.

Poor Cleaning, High Traffic to Blame For OR Bacterial Contamination

Chicago—Despite increased awareness and various national guidelines on the subject, hospital ORs remain dirty, a study has concluded. Investigators at University of Iowa Healthcare hope...

Cybersecurity Threats Continue to Vex Health Systems

This past July, one of the largest clinical laboratories shut down temporarily after discovering suspicious activities on its computer network. An internal investigation revealed that...

2 Methods Help Better Manage OR Time

Time is money, especially in the OR.