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Perioperative Services: Where Engagement Equals Growth

December 12, 2017

 

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Why is Productivity the Key to Staff Optimization?

December 05, 2017
Productivity, Staff Optimization

Better staffing and scheduling can cut costs and help managers and directors improve the success of their business.  Most departments can cut up to 10% of staffing costs without altering their ability to cover current elective, add-on and emergent case surgical cases volume.

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Suffering From Poor Staff Engagement? Here are 6 Tips to Boost Morale

November 28, 2017
Staff Engagement

Are you the leader of a busy OR whose employees are showing signs of being disengaged at work? Maybe a recent employee satisfaction survey had disappointing results, or perhaps you are hearing complaints about your employee’s attitudes and apparent lack of commitment. Worst of all, maybe a patient experience was not handled with the tact and diplomacy you would have expected. Does this sound familiar? You may well be suffering from poor employee engagement.

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Are You the Unofficial “Chief Value Officer” At Your Hospital? Learn Effective Ways to Drive Results in the OR…

November 21, 2017
Physician Leadership

As payers continue to move the healthcare industry toward value-based payment, many physician and nursing leaders are finding themselves in a new role: the unofficial chief value officer of their hospital.

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Right Sizing your Block Schedule

November 14, 2017
Block Scheduling, Surgical Block Schedule, Block Schedule

What if you could accurately predict, based on historic practice patterns, how many ORs you should block every day and what the block needs of your surgeons would be for the next 12 months?

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The Essentials Building Blocks of Collaboration in the Operating Room

November 07, 2017
Collaboration in the OR, Operating Room Collaboration

The goal of any operating room product is safe, efficient patient care. In order to achieve this objective, all members of the interdisciplinary health care team must effectively manage their roles and responsibilities. This includes setting expectations, creating a culture of safety where each surgical team member feels safe to speak up, and building communication pathways that are standardized, timely and clear. The surgical team must overcome the challenges that are a part of the ever fluid perioperative department. A department comprised of a wide variety of health care disciplines, each with their own communication methods and challenges, require cooperation and partnership to cross these lines.

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Ready…Set…Wait: Strategies to Reduce Same Day Cancellations

October 31, 2017
Same Day Cancellations

Picture this, you stroll into the hospital at the start of your shift, ready to take on your surgeries and patients for the day. But wait… the patient hasn’t arrived! Same Day Cancellations have struck again. What could have possibly gone wrong?! Let’s take a closer look.

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Improving Turn over Time… It’s Not About The Minutes

October 25, 2017
Turn over Time

The race is on and the clock is ticking as soon as the surgical patient exits the room. There is a laundry list of tasks the OR team must complete in a short amount of time to successfully turn over a room. The RN is responsible for handing off the patient to PACU, dropping off any specimens, return unused medications and the list goes on.  The surgical technologist must disassemble the back table, spray instruments with enzymatic cleaner & transport the soiled instruments to the decontamination room.  Environmental services should be available to clean the room.  If all of the end of case activities are not completed seamlessly, the turnover time drags on.

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The Critical Role of Nursing Leadership Amidst Change

October 16, 2017
Nursing Leadership

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First Case ON-TIME Starts: The Perfect Performance

October 10, 2017
FCOTS, First Case On Time Starts

First Case On-Time Starts (FCOTS) can be an extremely daunting, daily challenge. It seems amazing that any patient goes into the operating room on time, given all the moving parts involved in just one surgery. Add in additional patients and multiple ORs, and you risk a chaotic situation unless you are able to orchestrate a carefully choreographed performance of all the moving parts. 

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