Archive June 2013 XIV, No. 6

Features

6 Patient Positioning Principles
Assess and protect key pressure points to keep patients' skin intact.

Reduce Your Reliance on Opioids for Pain
Non-opioid arsenals are as effective — without the unwanted side effects.

Make Sterilization Everyone's Job
Successful processing means SPD, nurses and even reps must be on board.

Secrets to Success in Outpatient Knee Replacement
Patients will walk out of your facility a few hours after they limped in.

5 Myths About Surface Disinfection
From contact times to whole-room UV systems, debunking common misconceptions.

The Case for The Cloud
Cloud computing provides safe, reliable and cost-effective data storage.

Can You Ace Our Skin Prepping Pop Quiz?
Questions and answers on pre-surgical skin antisepsis for you and your staff.

How to Pick Patients for Continuous Nerve Blocks
Candidate selection is a critical key to success. Here's how to do it right.

Yes, You Can Have a Smoke-Free OR
How to convince your staff and your surgeons that smoke evacuation is essential.

Buy the Right Ophthalmic Instruments
Practical tips to satisfy your surgeons and protect the bottom line.

What's New in Minimally Invasive Surgery
A tour of the innovative products on display at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons conference.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: Hydrocodone's Move To Schedule II
FDA Expected to Tighten Restrictions on Vicodin

Ideas That Work: Sharps Safety
Bring Sharps Containers to Your Staff

Ideas That Work: Medication Safety
Don't Store Syringes in Your Pockets

Ideas That Work: IOL Insurance
The Right (and Left) IOLs at the Right Time

Ideas That Work: On-Screen Guide
Pre-Op Video Explains The Post-Op Basics

Ideas That Work: At A Glance
Pocket Guides Put Info at Your Fingertips

Departments

Editor's Page - 'I Am the Queen, and This Is My Castle'
A perfect description of a surgical administrator's pride and passion.

Letters & E-mails

Legal Update - Legal Liability in Post-Discharge Phone Calls
How should this nurse have handled patient's post-op complaint?

Coding & Billing - 17 Business Office Best Practices
Rate the administrative acumen and financial health of your facility.

Business Advisor - Collect Every Dime Your Patients Owe
Strategies to get them to pay their share — in full and on time.

Thinking of Buying ... LED Surgical Lights
How to compare your light-emitting diode options.

Anesthesia Alert - Anesthesia Safety for the Elderly
Pearls to prevent complications among your older patients.

Infection Prevention - Are You an Ace at Antibiotic Administration?
Inside the new guidelines for antimicrobial prophylaxis in surgery.

Product News

Behind Closed Doors - Be Patient With Your Patients
You'll appreciate kindness and compassion when you're one of them.

June 2013

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