Archive November 2018 XIX, No. 11

A Look Back at OR Excellence 2018

We had a blast on the beach last month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Outpatient Surgery Editors


Photos by Michele Eve Sandberg and Outpatient Surgery Editors
Photos by Michele Eve Sandberg and Outpatient Surgery Editors
1. DISTRACTED DOCTORING Technology improves surgery, but it can be also be a deadly distraction, says Peter Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC, professor of anesthesiology and surgery at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center. During a powerful presentation on opening day, Dr. Papadakos implored attendees to put down their smartphones and tablets and pay more attention to providing safe patient care.

For our 10th anniversary meeting (ORX X!), OR Excellence returned to the spectacular Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, where our amazing attendees, incredible speakers and informative vendors who made this year's conference one of the best ever shined as bright as the South Florida sun. We take a fond look back at some of the memorable moments from last month's conference and look forward to seeing you next year in New Orleans.

— Outpatient Surgery Editors

2. FORWARD THINKING Rafael Grossmann, MD, FACS, a general surgeon and surgery futurist, is a passionate believer that disruptive technology like virtual reality will be here sooner than you think.
3. WORDS OF WISDOM It's easy to have a just culture when it's not needed, says William Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN, past president of AORN and director of graduate nursing health systems management at Loyola University in Chicago. The key, he says, is to ensure nurses always feel empowered to admit mistakes and learn from them.
4. HAPPY HOUR Kevin O'Neill and Frank Ryan, sales managers at DeSoutter Medical, welcome attendees to their booth during the much-anticipated wine tasting event on the conference's opening night.
5. PITCH PERFECT John Kurowski of D.A. Surgical explains the benefits of his company's Trendelenburg patient restraint system to Ashley Simmons, BSN, RN, CNOR, director of surgical services at Mobile (Ala.) Infirmary Medical Center.
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