Archive May 2016 XVII, No. 5

Features

7 Creative Ways to Cut Your Case Costs
Smart, simple ideas that save my facility between $50,000 and $100,000 a year.

Take Our Medication Management Quiz
22 questions on pharmacology principles and safe medication practices.

Helping Patients Finance Their Surgery
Don't get stuck holding the bag when patients need surgery but can't afford their deductibles.

Seeing Surgery in a Different Light
How image enhancement technology improves patient outcomes.

Cool New Toys for Your Orthopods
After seeing dozens of innovative tools and instruments on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' exhibit hall floor, these are the ones that really stood out.

Handling Tough Anesthesia Cases
Obesity, sleep apnea and PONV are the enemies. Are your anesthetists ready to take them on?

Fixing Our Broken Pre-Admission Process
We met our goal of 100% chart readiness by 6 p.m. on the night before surgery.

The Evolving Business of Cataract Outsourcing
Companies are doing much more than renting out phacos and techs to run them.

In Search of the Perfect Hernia Repair
The latest mesh options and fixation techniques are making surgery safer and more efficient.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: DIY Stereo Sound for the OR

Ideas That Work: Keep Track of Even Minor Issues

Ideas That Work: Why We Label Every Item On Our Crash Cart

Ideas That Work: Organize Your Policies Like Your Accreditor Does

Ideas That Work: The Book of Physician Preferences

Ideas That Work: 'Frankenstein' Your Carts

Ideas That Work: Innovative Ideas
The Right Thing in the Right Place

Ideas That Work: How We Solved Our Scrub Sink Design Problem

Ideas That Work: Make Smoke Evacuation Second Nature

Departments

Editor's Page: The Dirty Secret to Recycling in the OR
You might have to go trash-picking to solve your red bag waste problems.

In Case You Missed It ...
Check out the hottest news and most-read stories from outpatientsurgery.net.

Legal Update: Mini Surgical Construction Boom Ahead?
Physician-owned hospitals might soon be able to add more beds.

Staffing: How to Run a Thorough Background Check
Get to know potential new hires with a careful employee screening.

Medical Malpractice: In an Adverse Event, Honesty Is the Best Policy
Open communication is the key to avoiding liability claims.

Coding & Billing: ICD-10-CM External Cause Codes Say It All
These add-on codes add more detail to your claims.

Thinking of Buying ... A Spine Surgery Table
What surgeons want, plus a roundup of 7 leading spinal tables.

Anesthesia Alert: Pectoral Nerves Blocks for Breast Surgery
These ultrasound-guided blocks are reliable and easy to master.

Product News

Cutting Remarks: Before You Complain, Count Your Blessings
Fresh off a service trip to Nicaragua, my ORs have never looked better.

Behind Closed Doors: You Know What They Say...
Insights on surgery from outside the OR.

May 2016

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