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Archive May 2013 XIV, No. 5


Plugging the Leaks in Your Spending Bucket
9 ways to reclaim tens of thousands of dollars in lost savings on supplies and services.

Get Patients Ambulatory Faster
Strategies to keep your PACU moving.

Could These 3 Services Make Your Life Easier?
End-users tell how they get the most out of HR, reprocessing and accreditation preparation.

Latest and Greatest in Ortho
A recap of the hot new products on display at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' conference.

Where Do You Stand With Safety Scalpels?
According to our reader survey, awareness is widespread even if use isn't.

No More Pre-Op Phone Calls
Online patient registration makes pre-admission testing a breeze for patients and nurses alike. Is it right for your facility?

Are Your ORs Hurting Your Docs?
How ergonomic ORs ease the pain of laparoscopic surgery.

How These 3 Wrong-Site Surgeries Could Have Been Prevented
Composites based on real cases from the Minnesota Department of Health.

What's Wrong With These Pictures?
Don't let these 10 medication missteps happen at your facility.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: Shhh, Count In Progress
No More Retained Objects

Ideas That Work: Foot Grease
Removing Stubborn Stains

Ideas That Work: Managing PONV
Download Our Quick PONV Screening Tool

Ideas That Work: Video Recording
Give Patients Video of Their Surgeries

Ideas That Work: Transfer Note
1-Page Form Accompanies Patients to Hospital

Ideas That Work: Supply Savings
Put Staff in Charge of Ordering


Editor's Page - Postcard from the ASCA Meeting in Boston
The conference coincided with the biggest terrorist attack since 9/11.

All in a Day's Work - A Day in the Life of a Surgical Administrator
We run out of hours in the day before we run out of things to do.

Business Advisor - 10 Steps to a Winning Feasibility Study
How to ensure your facility makes the right business decisions.

Thinking of Buying ... Budget-Friendly Surgical Tables
Support your surgeries without breaking the bank.

Product News

Cutting Remarks - A Truly Terrific Turnover Team
They make my ORs sparkle and my days a lot sunnier.

Behind Closed Doors - The Toughest Job You'll Ever Loathe Love
Hard lessons learned on my latest 13-week assignment.

May 2013

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