Archive August 2017 XVIII, No. 8

Features

Are Prefilled Syringes Worth It?
Yes, you'll spend more, but you'll waste less medication and you'll spend less time drawing it up and labeling it.

Reducing the Risk of Wrong-Site Surgery
Key defenses in the battle to eliminate preventable harm include the time out, pre-operative verification process and site marking.

Warming Up to Normothermia
A new CMS quality measure will require ASCs to track their ability to keep patients warm. Are you ready?

5 Strategies for Whole-Room Disinfection
When time and resources are limited, efficiency is the key.

Cataract Surgery Technology Update
Forget the marketing pitches — our reader survey reveals what's making a real difference in eye surgery today.

8 Ways to Prevent Pressure Ulcers
How to maintain the integrity of each patient's skin.

The Case for Robotic Hernia
They're a minimally invasive opportunity for the vast majority of surgeons who haven't had a chance to master laparoscopic hernia repair.

Improve Your Polyp Detection Rates
Advances in flexible endoscopy enhance your ability to visualize the colon's walls and peer behind its folds.

6 Secrets for Cleaning Lumened Instruments
Follow these tips to keep your central sterile processing department running on all cylinders.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: Kids Love to Drive Themselves to Surgery

Ideas That Work: Is That Case Cart Complete?

Ideas That Work: Protect Your SCDs From Fluid

Ideas That Work: Did You Forget to Clean That?

Ideas That Work: Bins Instead of Case Carts for Suplies

Ideas That Work: Success With Reprocessing Single-Use Devices

Ideas That Work: Are Your Medication Injection Practices Safe?

Ideas That Work: Put a Lid on High-Alert Meds

Ideas That Work: Give Sterilized Instruments a Chance to Cool Off

Ideas That Work: Hot Packs Make IV Starts a Breeze

Ideas That Work: Self Check-In for Patients

Departments

Editor's Page: As One Surgical Center Closes, Another Opens
Florida's first ASC says goodbye as a persistent eye doc claims victory.

Coding & Billing: 10 Revenue-Cycle Mistakes to Avoid
These blunders could endanger more than just your reimbursements.

Staffing: 5 Tips for Meaningful Meetings
You can get a lot done in a 15-minute weekly staff gathering.

Anesthesia Alert: Coping With the Boredom of Anesthesia
Do occasional distractions help anesthesia providers stay sharper?

Infection Prevention: A Gross Cure for Recurrent C. diff
When antibiotics fail, fecal transplants are remarkably effective.

Product News

Behind Closed Doors: Know Any Good Surgeons?
Only a surgical nurse knows who the real 5-star docs are.

August 2017

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