Archive January 2015 XVI, No. 1


Not the Retiring Type
Many OR nurses are working into their golden years — and showing no signs of slowing down.

Can You Afford a Femto Laser?
Buy, lease or outsource? Here's a quick economics lesson.

C-Arm Buying Tips
Cool new options to look for in your next C-arm.

Simple Steps for Going Greener
You don't have to go to the ends of the earth for your environmental efforts.

Expert Q&A: Wrong-Site Surgery
Why years of time outs and surgical site marking haven't eradicated this never event.

10 Products That Help Keep Employees Safe
Help prevent cuts, trips, strains, exposures and more.

Manning the Hotline for Malignant Hyperthermia
A conversation with the physician you're likely to reach in a real MH emergency.

Tools to Improve Your Arthroscopy Service
Faster turnaround and better outcomes are within reach.

8 Common Misconceptions About Instrument Decontamination
The right way to get items ready for sterilization.

The Benefits of Reposable Instruments
Reduce waste and control costs with these part-disposable, part-reusable instruments. Surgeons' Lounge

Surgeons' Lounge: Calling A Cab
Would You Let a Patient Take a Taxi Home Alone?

Surgeons' Lounge: No IV, No NPO
How Do You Handle Straight Local Cases?

Surgeons' Lounge: Be Good to Yourself
5 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Surgeons' Lounge: Keyhole Injuries
A Safer Trocar

Surgeons' Lounge: App Store
Text the Patient's Family Updates from the OR

Surgeons' Lounge: Awake and Aware
Nerve Blocks on Unconscious Patients a Bad Idea

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: Slow Down At Yellow
Please Check on This Patient

Ideas That Work: Home Care
Send Vitrectomy Patients Home With a Foam Prone Pillow

Ideas That Work: BP Cuffs
Is Hose Facing Patient's Head?

Ideas That Work: Diabetics
Write Blood Sugar Reading on Wristband

Ideas That Work: The Write Stuff
Stamp Out Wasted Time

Ideas That Work: Unused Scopes
Number Your Scopes So You Know When It's Time to Reprocess

Ideas That Work: Schedule Efficiency
Prioritize Room Turnovers

Ideas That Work: Impressive Instructions
Create an Online Library of Discharge Forms

Ideas That Work: Handgun Cases
Egg-Crate Foam Protects Delicate Instruments

Ideas That Work: Alcohol > Adhesive
A Trick to Remove IV Dressings

Ideas That Work: No Pulls
Smooth Casts

Ideas That Work: Eat, Drink and Be Wary
Get True NPO Confessions From Patients


Editor's Page: Graying of the Surgical Workforce
Why are so many OR nurses and managers delaying their retirement?

Staffing: Shape Up or Ship Out
Send problem employees home for a day to repent and to reflect.

Safety: The ABC's of Electrosurgery
A pop quiz to test your staff's knowledge.

Thinking of Buying ... Whole-Room Disinfection Systems
Would your cleaning practices benefit from automated assistance?

Product News

Cutting Remarks: 'I Can't Pee'
A stream of good advice if you require patients to void before discharge.

Behind Closed Doors: School of Hard Knocks
What if CEUs were based on real-world challenges surgical nurses face?

January 2015