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Archive August 2013 XIV, No. 8


A Better Bath: 3 Days of CHG Application
How we prevented SSIs with a pre-op bathing and wipe regimen for our hip and knee patients.

Payoffs of Going Paperless
After enduring many trials and tribulations, this hospital is finally reaping the benefits of its conversion to electronic medical records.

Accreditation Dings
Our annual look at the odd and unusual things that surveyors cited surgical facilities for.

Hernia Repair: More Gains, Less Pain
Innovations in several areas are making major discomfort a thing of the past.

Are Your Antibiotics On Time, Every Time?
Readers share their best practices for dosing on the dot.

Which Skin Prep Is Best?
What we learned from the available evidence on antiseptic preps.

5 Headlight Highlights
Here are the features that matter most to surgeons.

Ophthalmology Focuses on Precision
Innovations for 2013 provide better data, visualization and control.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: Clutter-Free OR
Homemade Hangers Keep Cords Off Floors

Ideas That Work: Anti-Embolism Stockings
TED Hose Will Slide Right On

Ideas That Work: Quick Meet and Greet
Get Family and Friends to PACU Before the Patient

Ideas That Work: What Gets Measured Gets Done
Improve Your First-Case Start Times

Ideas That Work: Geeting Stubborn Rings Off
Remove Stuck Rings With Suture

Ideas That Work: Spring For Lunch
Yes, It Pays to Feed Your Team

Ideas That Work: Fast-Track Form
Let Central Sterile Staff Know You Need This Set Back ASAP

Ideas That Work: Reuse Plastic Bags
Keep Arthroscopic Foot Pedals Dry

Ideas That Work: 3 Rules For Drug Safety
Decrease Medication Labeling Errors

Ideas That Work: Mentoring New Hires
'Buddy Scrubs' Help Ease the Transition


Editor's Page: How Do You Define an On-Time Start?
Set your watch to patient-in-room time to deliver you from delays.

Medical Malpractice: 10 Common Slip-Ups That Can Get You Sued
Yes, mistakes happen, but you can avoid these missteps.

Thinking of Buying ... Patient Warming Technology
Don't underestimate the value of comfortable patients.

Safety: Products for Airtight Medication Security
Locking anesthesia carts are keeping up with the diverters.

Anesthesia Alert: TAP Blocks for Abdominal Surgery
This nerve block preserves lower limb motor and sensory functions.

Product News

Cutting Remarks: Overheard in the OR
From crude to courteous, surgery has a language all its own.

Behind Closed Doors: Step Right Up
Why surgery is the greatest show on earth.

August 2013

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