Contaminated endoscopes lead the list of medical devices linked to healthcare-associated infections, and ECRI Institute named them the top technology hazard for 2016. The increase in the number of infections linked to contaminated retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) duodenoscopes in recent years has prompted several organizations to issue new recommendations and guidance for reprocessing of exible endoscopes. This special report will provide a snapshot of recent events that have led to new recommendations related to this significant clinical issue. You'll be able to use it as a handy reference to help ensure that best practices are being followed at your facility.
Predicting daily surgical volume is a perennial problem that is approached in a variety of ways, and with varying degrees of success. So many factors can alter the course of events on any given day in the OR, it can seem almost impossible to start cases on time, match staffing to demand, reduce turnover times, and increase room utilization. This brand new special report is designed to help solve existing problems or avoid the stumbling blocks that can wreak havoc in the surgical services department.
The first edition of Best Practices to Optimize Postoperative Recovery presents a comprehensive view of surgical patient management, from preadmission testing and preparation for surgery to postoperative recovery, as well as tips for coordinating care throughout the process. As healthcare shifts to value-based payment models, healthcare providers must strive for optimal outcomes or pay a steep price, resulting in new protocols and improved teamwork to manage the entire episode of surgical patient care. You'll find information on new technology and tools as well as new roles and responsibilities of OR leaders and their staffs as they expand their patient care repertoire.