Archive May 2015 XVI, No. 5

Features

Get Patients to Pay Up
High-deductible plans put patients on the hook for thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. It's now your job to collect it.

Secrets of Our Busy Pain Management Center
Here's how we keep patients satisfied and our center humming.

Products on Display at AORN
Thumbnail sketches of a few new products that caught our eye.

Update on Wound Closure
Here are 4 ways to minimize scarring.

Test Driving Fluid Waste Systems
Customer reviews of automated disposal options.

Ready for Difficult Colonoscopies?
The right tools and techniques can get you through unexpected problems.

How Long Before Video Laryngoscopy Is the New Standard of Care?
With their consistently clear airway views, they make difficult intubations routine.

Looking to Accessorize Your Table?
Today's newest patient positioning attachments add versatility to any surface.

Products to Power Up Your Cataract Service
The latest advances in technology can contribute to optimal patient outcomes.

Customize Your Hernia Repairs
There's no one-size-fits-all best technique.

What Makes Multimodal Work?
Achieve post-op pain management success with these expert insights.

Objects of Orthopedic Desire
An afternoon spent browsing the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons exhibit hall.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: Give It A Spin
Get Down When You Gown

Ideas That Work: Positive Promotion
Don't Let Good Reviews Get Away

Ideas That Work: Doctor's Orders
Send Patients Home With Chicken Noodle Soup

Ideas That Work: Advanced Scheduling
Put Requested Cases on the Schedule ASAP

Ideas That Work: Which Cartoon Character Are You?
Hang Fun Nameplates Outside Consult Rooms

Ideas That Work: Spine Language
Color-code Labels On Patient Charts

Ideas That Work: Off-Label Drug Use
3 Tips to Treat Intractable PONV

Ideas That Work: Light Bright
The Simple Cure for Dull OR Lights

Ideas That Work: Numbered Trays And Trash Bags
Never Lose Another Eye Instrument

Departments

Editor's Page: 5 Stars for Physician Ownership
CMS star rating system finds physician-owned hospitals most satisfactory.

Talking Points: 7 Must-Ask Questions in Any Negotiation
How to come out on top in your daily deal-making.

Business Advisor: 5 Supply-Saving Solutions
Reducing case costs frees up funds for investing in the future.

Staffing: No Director of Nursing? No Problem
Spread managerial responsibilities throughout the staff.

Medical Malpractice: Learning From a Fatal Medication Error
Prevent a medication mix-up at your facility through careful inspection.

Infection Prevention: No Mercy for MRSA
Our new protocol has all but stamped out this superbug.

Safety: Run Down Fire Risk Before Every Case
Fires are preventable if the OR team is aware of the risks.

Anesthesia Alert: IV Ibuprofen Before Surgery Speeds Recovery
Study: It pays to modulate the body's stress response to surgery.

Product News

Cutting Remarks: Here's What Happened in Vegas
40,000 orthopedic surgeons descended on Sin City.

Behind Closed Doors: How to Build a Bad Day
You don't have to try hard to have a rough shift.

May 2015

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