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OR Excellence On Demand Program


The Virtual OR Excellence Program will launch with live sessions on Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23. The virtual experience will continue with live presentations on four consecutive Fridays until Nov. 20. These presentations will be available On Demand after each live event.

There's more! The following hot topics will be available On Demand to all Virtual OR Excellence attendees beginning Oct. 22.

Enjoy 24/7 access to all of these educational sessions presented by leaders in the OR community — and earn valuable CU credits!

Available Oct. 22

Do Your Part to Solve the Opioid Crisis

The numbers are staggering: 50 million surgeries are performed annually, 90% of patients are prescribed opioids to control post-op pain, one billion opioid pills go unused by recovering patients each year and opioid prescribing rates in 2023 will be double what they were in 1995. Promoting judicious use of opioids requires cautious prescribing practices, standardizing procedure-specific pill counts and interacting with patients earlier and often to improve their understanding and acceptance of opioid-sparing techniques. Learn about the skills and strategies to accomplish these goals. 1 CU
Ashish Sinha, MD, PhD, MBA
University of California Riverside
Riverside Community Hospital

Would You Have Stopped the Fugitive Surgeon?

Orthopod Atiq Durrani, MD, defrauded Medicare out of millions of dollars by performing unnecessary spine surgeries. He also botched hundreds of procedures before fleeing to his native Pakistan in 2013. Administrators at the hospitals where he operated listened to concerns nurses had about Dr. Durrani, but ultimately allowed him to keep working in their ORs. Kenneth Rothfield, MD, MBA, will tell this cautionary tale and share valuable communication tools you can use to effectively voice your concerns every day in the OR when you see patient safety being jeopardized. 1 CU
Kenneth Rothfield, MD, MBA
Healthcare Executive

What Will the OR of the Future Look Like?

It’s time to reimagine and reinvent surgical spaces to support current workflows and minimize safety hazards. Procedures are becoming more minimally invasive and the technology needed to perform them will become more compact. New ORs will be built to flex and change to accommodate new surgeries and surgical platforms. Forward-thinking designs will incorporate advanced imaging capabilities and improve how physicians and the OR staff work and feel. 1 CU
Anjali Joseph, PhD, EDAC
Clemson University
Alexander Langerman, MD, SM, FACS
Vanderbilt University

Available Oct. 30

Develop a Lean and Mean SPD

Well-run surgical services depend on the operational efficiency of a productive sterile processing department. Lean methodology can help achieve that goal with a proven improvement process that’s easy to understand, straightforward to implement and results in a positive culture change. Lean’s tools and methods can enhance the collaboration between the OR and SPD – and it can help hard-working reprocessing techs keep up with high-volume demand in an environment that supports productivity and efficiency. 1 CU
Rachel Mandel, MD
Healthcare consultant

Life Lessons From the Surgeon Who Saves Homeless Pets

John Keating, MD, is a busy orthopedic trauma surgeon whose love of animals led him to spending his free time fixing the broken bones of stray cats and dogs so they can find loving homes. This inspiring talk will show you that helping the helpless is part of your moral responsibility, builds a social network with other charitable professionals and also leads to personal growth, fulfilment and happiness — an inspiring life lesson for all. 1 CU
John Keating, MD, SFOA
WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Grow Revenues With Bundled Payments and Price Transparency

Negotiating bundled payments with employer groups and third party administrators, and sharing the up-front pricing with individual patients and companies with self-funded health plans is a low-cost, highly efficient and patient-friendly way to do business. It’s also piquing the interest of progressive insurance carriers. By learning what services to include in bundled payments — and making sure the bundled amount is competitive in your local marketplace — you’ll set your facility apart from the competition as the go-to place for cost-effective care. 1 CU
Andy Poole, FACHE
Monticello Community Surgery Center

Available Nov. 6

How to Conduct a Risk Assessment and Outbreak Investigation

Is infection prevention keeping you up at night? Get the step-by-step guide on creating an Infection Prevention Program that meets Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) requirements for an ambulatory surgery center. We’ll cover all that’s involved in conducting a proper risk assessment, the best ranking system for prioritizing infection risks, and how to use outcomes for internal benchmarking. You’ll leave with a risk assessment template to use at your facility and an understanding of the CDC steps to take in an outbreak investigation. 1 CU

Learning Objectives:

  • Instruction will be provided on how to conduct an infection control risk assessment and how to use an infection control risk assessment in developing a QAPI program.
  • The participant will demonstrate how to use the template based on a scenario provides.
Terri Link, RN, BSN, MPH
Perioperative Patient Safety Specialist University of Colorado Hospital

Surgical Attire Guidelines and Other ASC Hot Topics

Are you current on the changes to the AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice? Learn about the latest updates on surgical attire and other guidelines, get tips for implementation, and discuss other changes and challenges permeating ambulatory surgery centers. During this highly interactive session, you’ll have an opportunity to lead the direction of the conversation by submitting your questions in advance. 1 CU

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what is new and what has changed in the surgical attire guideline.
  • Identify hot topics and updates to AORN’s Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.
Director, Evidence-Based Perioperative Practice, AORN

Inspire Others to Follow Your Lead

Great surgical leaders drive sustainable growth, develop top-performing staffs, and ensure that their teams provide excellent patient care. They’re coaches, mentors, change agents and influencers. They model the work ethic and attitude they want their staffs to have and prioritize their responsibilities to find free time to complete important tasks. You’ll leave this talk as a fulfilled, resilient and collaborative leader who enhances the brand of your organization and inspires your team to keep reaching beyond their perceived potential. 1 CU
Rena Courtay, BSN, MBA, CASC
Hospital for Special Surgery

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