Archive February 2006 VII, No. 2

Features

Shave Time Off Your Cataracts
How one surgery center benchmarked its way to improved cataract procedures.

What's Fueling the Hospital Building Boom?
A new spirit of cooperation among hospitals and physicians is making the joint venture a popular way to partner.

Align Your Spine Surgery Costs
One year into an ambitious cost-saving program, we were able to save more than $350,000 on our implant costs. There's much work still to be done.

Inside Local Anesthesia
Understanding the intricacies of dosing and side effects can help make administration safer.

Reader Survey How Do You Handle Fluid Waste?
Are fluid-evacuation systems replacing mops and towels in your ORs?

What's New in Surgical Gloves
As safety concerns change users' preferences, manufacturers are offering more synthetic, low-protein and deproteinised gloves.

Accreditation: Learn It, Live It, Love It
What you can do to be survey-ready 365 days a year.

Fine-tuning Your Procedure Packs
By paying close attention to what goes into - and what stays out of - your packs, you can save your surgery center time and money.

OR Traffic Controller
The keys to keeping inpatient and outpatient cases at this 10-OR hospital on schedule? Start sooner whenever you can and be comfortable with chaos.

Thinking of Buying...Video Towers
Consider alternative input, demonstration units and exclusive buying for your systems.

Departments

Editor's Page
Insurers Trip You Up Coming and Going

Letters & Emails
Pushing the anesthesia envelope in an ASC

This Just In
Take-home pain pumps won't be reimbursed

Ideas That Work
Change your definition of OR time

Medical Malpractice Quiz
Hot Pack Puts Surgery Center in Hot Seat

Staffing
Pay Freeze? It's Not The End of the World

Coding & Billing
Getting Paid for Presbyopia-correcting IOLs

Infection Prevention
Quality Assurance in Sterile Processing

Product News
Your Guide to Post-op Garments and Girdles

Behind Closed Doors
I ♥ OR

February 2006

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