Archive July 2018 XIX, No. 7

Features

There's An App For That
Standout apps that will help you run your facility from the palm of your hand.

Can You Pass This Decontamination Quiz?
See how well you know all that your reprocessing techs need to know.

When Will Your State Outlaw Surgical Smoke?
Last month, Rhode Island passed the first state law mandating surgical smoke evacuation. It could help clear the air in ORs across the country.

The Count Is Off - Now What?
We created a step-by-step poster to resolve incorrect counts and hung it on every OR wall.

Are You Doing Enough to Prevent Pressure Injuries
Proper patient positioning will protect patients' skin from avoidable harm.

5 Strategies to Reduce Total Knee Costs
Bundling is coming — here's how to achieve efficiency and control costs.

How We Lowered Our SSI Rate
When we saw a spike in infections, here's how we addressed it.

Do You Care to Clear the Air?
Can new airflow and air purification products help solve the drawbacks of traditional ceiling-to-floor laminar airflow?

What's New in Eye Surgery
Check out the nifty new products introduced at ASCRS this spring.

3 Golden Rules of Fluid Waste Disposal
Follow these tips for safe, economical liquid waste management.

Departments

Editor's Page
Can You Teach an Old Guy New Apps?

Ideas That Work: Why Look at the Ceiling?
Walking into the OR Helps Reduce Anxiety

Ideas That Work: Looney Toons
Another Use for Your Big-Screen Monitor

Ideas That Work: No More Heavy Lifting
Gel Wedge Positions GI Patients So Your Nurses Won't Have To

Ideas That Work: No Interruptions
Ideas That Work: Quiet, Please: Instrument Set Assembly in Progress

Ideas That Work: By the Script
Talking Points Guide Pre-op Phone Calls

Ideas That Work: Medication Services
Which Drugs Did Patients Receive?

Ideas That Work: Hydrocolloid Dressing
Prevent IV Hub Pressure Ulcers

Staffing
From Buddy to Boss

Safety
Can You Spot the Drug Safety Hazard?

Thinking of Buying... Big-Screen Monitors
Going bigger is better with surgical displays.

Behind Closed Doors
Only an OR Nurse Would Understand

July 2018

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