Archive March 2017 XVIII, No. 3


Is That Scope Clean? No Guarantees
Even rigorous by-the-book cleaning doesn't ensure that your flexible endoscopes will be free of bacteria and bioburden when you hang them to dry.

Prevent Pressure Ulcers
14 strategies to protect your patients from skin lesions caused by friction and unrelieved pressure.

Pre-warming: The Key to Preventing Hypothermia?
How soon you start warming patients could determine how quickly they're discharged from PACU.

What Surgeons Want in Their Gowns
Comfort, breathability and mobility are nice, but barrier protection is the most important attribute.

Hand Hygiene for Your Nose
Nasal decolonization gave our existing infection control protocols a boost — without using antibiotics.

Optimize Your MH Response
Closing gaps in your malignant hyperthermia drills now could be a lifesaver later.

Make Sure Nothing's Left Behind in a Patient
Define the roles and responsibilities each team member has in the counting process.

Slow Down, Save a Life
Keeping your staff safe is a challenge in the fast-paced environment of same-day surgery.

Create a Culture of Safety
You know you have one when every member of the surgical team feels comfortable speaking up whenever she sees a potentially unsafe situation.

Can We Eradicate Endophthalmitis?
7 preventive measures to guard against this rare but sight-threatening complication.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: Tried-and-True Ways to Avoid IV Infusion Errors

Ideas That Work: Divert the Flow of Fluid to the Rider Bag

Ideas That Work: This Simple Sign Improves Sharps Safety

Ideas That Work: Clearing Confusion Over Covered vs. Non-covered Services

Ideas That Work: Boost Your Patient Satisfaction Survey Return Rate

Ideas That Work: Accreditation Quiz Game Helped Us Ace Our Survey

Ideas That Work: Talk Fire Safety When Patients Are Listening


Editor's Page: A CRNA's Story of Addiction and Recovery
'We must grant each other permission to save each other.'

Business Advisor: Maximize Your Marketing Efforts
A new way to think about promoting your facility to patients and surgeons.

Anesthesia Alert: One Simple Trick to Preempt Post-op Pain
The magic of a 50 mg dissociative dose of ketamine just before incision.

Thinking of Buying ... Pain Pumps
Provide patients with consistent, long-lasting pain relief.

Product News

Cutting Remarks: Forgiveness: Don't Leave Home Without It
Carrying around old hurts robs us of happiness, joy and energy.

Behind Closed Doors: The Case of the Missing Probe
Nurses pocket things for safe keeping, not to steal and sell.

March 2017

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