Archive August 2017 XVIII, No. 8


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


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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