Archive December 2013 XIV, No. 12


Hand-Healthy Hand Scrubs
The quest for products that protect your skin as well as they prevent infection.

How Do You Really Feel About Accreditation?
Most readers we surveyed tout its benefits, with a few caveats.

Lessons on Flashing
There's a time and a place for rapid-cycle steam sterilization.

Preventing Infection After Hernia Surgery
Many of today's hernia meshes have a lower risk of adhesion and infection than their heavyweight, unwieldy predecessors.

Getting the Point of Sharps Safety
8 questions on the rules that protect your staff.

UV Room Disinfection
Robotic cleaners give an extra layer of surface disinfection.

Endoscope Reprocessing's Dirty Little Secrets
Shortcuts and slip-ups are more common than you might think.

Have You Automated These 5 Areas Yet?
These folks only wish they'd done it sooner.

Single-Incision Success
These ideas and innovations are improving the efficiency and safety of the most minimally invasive laparoscopy.

10 Labeling and Storage Accidents Waiting to Happen
Could any of these be lurking in your facility?

15 Cool, New Products for Anesthesia
We walked the aisles with your OR efficiency in mind at this year's American Society of Anesthesiologists' annual meeting.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: Staff Appreciation
Star Staff Get Prime Parking Spot

Ideas That Work: Post-Op Beverage Service
Tame Runaway Straws

Ideas That Work: Turnover Times
Beep Your Turnover Team

Ideas That Work: Energy Savings
It Pays to Insulate Your Boiler Room

Ideas That Work: Loaner Instruments
A Picture's Worth a Thousand Dollars

Ideas That Work: ECG Effects
Box Up Your Unused Electrodes

Ideas That Work: Cost Cutting
Sell Your Soon-to-Expire Supplies

Ideas That Work: Visual Aids
Photos Remind Staff How to Set the Table

Ideas That Work: Hold Off On The Ambu Bag
Quick Fix When Oxygen Saturation Drops

Ideas That Work: Central Sterile Storage
Line Your Shelves With Blue Wrap

Ideas That Work: Pack To Prepare
Save a Few Minutes By Bagging Case Supplies


Editor's Page: Can We Have Reliability With So Much Variability?
Freedom of choice not always a good thing.

Letters & E-mails

Staffing: Put Problem Employees in Their Place
Act swiftly and assertively to stop trouble as soon as it starts.

Legal Update: Anesthesia's Profits Are Off-Limits
The OIG rejects another attempt to extort anesthesia fees.

Business Advisor: Settle Up Before Surgery
Collecting co-pays doesn't have to be a painful process.

Thinking of Buying ... Retina Accessories for Ophthalmic Microscopes
Get the big picture for posterior segment surgery.

Product News: Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement
Hand-held sculpting tool lets surgeons precisely resurface bone.

Cutting Remarks: Take Those Rules and Shove Them
Here are 5 operating room regulations that just don't make sense.

Behind Closed Doors: Christmas Carols for OR Nurses
A surgical songbook for the holiday season.

December 2013