Archive October 2005 VI, No. 10

Features

Dueling Over Propofol
GI docs and a small faction of RNs are trying to wrest the propofol syringe from the hands of anesthesia providers.

Do You Measure Up?
Compare your financial and clinical performance to established surgical benchmarks.

Inside Our Pain Pump Success
Providing continuous peripheral nerve blocks at home helps this facility convert inpatients to outpatients.

The Economics of Patient Warming
How preventing hypothermia is more cost-effective than treating it.

Overcoming 10 Cataract Challenges in the OR
Advice for handling tough situations, improving your outcomes and keeping your surgery day on track.

Buy a Monitor That Keeps Going and Going and Going
Here's how to make sure the next vital signs monitor you buy stands the test of time.

6 Tips for Safe Tissue Handling
Here's how to minimize the risk of infection during allograft procedures.

Thinking of Buying...A Surgical Boom
What to consider before you suspend equipment and monitors from your OR ceilings.

Departments

Editor's Page
The Economics of Endoscopic Sedation

This Just In
900,000 Office Cases, 16 Deaths

Ideas That Work
Thank Your Stars

Behind Closed Doors
Top 40 Countdown

Staffing
Make Staff Competency a Pleasure to Measure

Coding & Billing
Time to Give Yourself a Raise?

Legal Update
Can You Make Blood Tests Mandatory?

Hospital Insider
How We Cut Down on Cancellations

Safety
Sharpless Surgery: A Quiet Revolution

Infection Prevention
Can You Skip Decontamination?

Product News
What's New for Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing

Medical Malpractice Quiz
Will Unapproved Anchor Sink Surgeon?

October 2005

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