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Archive March 2016 XVII, No. 3


Is Prolonged Fasting Hurting Your Patients?
Our survey found that most surgical facilities routinely instruct patients to fast for excessively long pre-op periods.

Anatomy of a Glove Trial
Find the best fit with these 7 factors.

Tools for Better Blocks
Kick your continuous nerve blocks up a notch with these new products.

The Case for IV Anti-Inflammatories
IV NSAIDs should figure prominently in multimodal pain protocols.

12 Tips for Safe Trendelenburg Positioning
Read this surgeon's advice before you lower the head and raise the feet of another patient.

Pearls to Prevent Cross-Contamination
Infection preventionists share their top SSI threats and what you can do to stop them.

Get the Most Out of Your Malignant Hyperthermia Drills
11 tips to help make sure you're prepared for the worst.

Our Switch From Blue Wrap to Sterile Containers
A busy orthopedic hospital's containerizing conversion.

Clear Visibility
Don't let smoke, fog and debris impede your surgeon's view.

Take Our Blanket Warmers Quiz
Bonus points if you know the recommended maximum temperature for warming cabinets, and if warmed blankets can burn a patient.

How Do You Manage Fluid Waste?
Readers reveal what it takes to keep OR floors dry during the messiest procedures.

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: A Simple Way to Keep Instrument Sets Organized

Ideas That Work: Free Hot Drinks Keep Patients' Escorts Happy

Ideas That Work: How We Got Our Flashing Under Control

Ideas That Work: Store Laryngoscope Blades in Bubble Wrap

Ideas That Work: Innovative Ideas
4 Ways to Boost Your Hand Hygiene Efforts

Ideas That Work: If You Can See Light Through The Wrap ...


Editor's Page: Fired for Fighting for Patient Safety
Pre-admitting RN says hospital's call quotas jeopardized patient care.

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Anesthesia Alert: The Great LMA Debate
Should you remove it before or after the patient wakes up?

Staffing: Deal With Difficult Employees Head On
Deal With Difficult Employees Head On If you can't curb their bad behavior, get rid of the offenders.

Business Advisor: Time to Dust Off Those Preference Cards
Ensuring they're accurate and up to date pays off in big ways.

Coding & Billing: 6 Strategies to Get Your Claims Paid Correctly
Don't let minor errors in coding, registration or billing trip you up.

Medical Malpractice: Suits From Slips, Trips and Falls
What's your liability when a patient takes a tumble at your facility?

Thinking of Buying ... A C-arm
Streamlined design and digital data have improved imaging.

Infection Prevention: Improving Your Antibiotic Prescribing
Nurses can prevent antibiotic overuse by becoming stewards.

Legal Update: Tapping Into the Self-Insured Employer Market
Direct contracts with employers cut out insurance's middleman.

Product News

Cutting Remarks: Are We Really Discharging That Patient?
The little white lies we tell our patients to send them home sooner.

Behind Closed Doors: I'm Not "Just a Nurse"
We're more than most people realize. Marginalize us at your own risk.

March 2016

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