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Archive July 2016 XVII, No. 7


Compounding Disaster
How the deadliest medication contamination case in U.S. history happened — and how it could happen again.

Special Report From DDW: 7 Cool New Gadgets Your GI Docs Will Love
A gastroenterologist tours Digestive Disease Week's exhibit hall.

Busting 5 Myths About Mini-Lap
Don't let these misconceptions prevent you from providing the best for your patients.

Beating Back Bacterial Biofilms
Tips to prevent the growth of the slimy coating that lets bacteria survive and thrive.

Decisions, Decisions: Sorting Through Your Options in Surgical Video
It's hard to pick the best surgical video system when the technology keeps changing.

What's New in Ophthalmology
9 new products your cataract surgeons would love to get their hands on.

The Whole Truth About Whole-Room Disinfection
Automated antimicrobial devices reach the corners and crevices that sprays and wipes sometimes miss.

Surgeon and Staff Safety: Lost in the Shuffle
Does your OR team focus as much on its own safety as that of the patient's?

How We've (Nearly) Eliminated Flashing
The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai went from flashing nearly half of its instruments to hardly any.

Capture Your Share of Same-Day Spine
What factors will influence where your surgeons will bring their cases?

Ideas That Work

Ideas That Work: 2-Way Radios Keep Our Surgical Schedule Flowing

Ideas That Work: Must-Have Supplies vs. Might-Need Supplies

Ideas That Work: Don't Store Locks in Code Carts

Ideas That Work: A Simple Trick to Seat LMAs Perfectly

Ideas That Work: Pull Cases in Plastic Bins, Not Case Carts

Ideas That Work: Before New Products Can Enter the OR ...

Ideas That Work: Turn Blue Wrap Into Bags, Bedrolls for the Homeless


Editor's Page: Compounding the Compounding Disaster
Was a callous disregard for people the Rx for medication contamination?

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Staffing: Do You Get an A+ in Competency Testing?
5 tips to do a better job grading your staff's surgical know-how.

Medical Malpractice: 5 Lessons From the Joan Rivers Lawsuit
Higher safety standards will reduce your exposure to liability claims.

Legal Update: Manage Your Facility's Vicarious Liability Risk
You could be liable for the negligence of your independent contractors.

Coding & Billing: ICD-10 Grace Period Is Nearly Over
Come October, you can expect to see a resurgence in claim denials.

Thinking of Buying ... Floor Suction Devices
Contain spilled fluids to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall injuries.

Product News

Cutting Remarks: Stressed Surgeons Gone Bad
When cases go south, do your docs go down the rabbit hole with them?

Behind Closed Doors: Channel Surfing
What if you could click away from a bad day?

July 2016