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.
The Surgical Site Infections Special Report has been carefully compiled to help surgical services leaders stay abreast of SSI research, with articles on infection prevention protocols, instrument packaging and sterilization methods, and guidelines to help pass survey inspections. In the updated Lean Strategies for Your OR Report, you’ll learn how healthcare facilities have streamlined scheduling and inventory processes to achieve greater efficiency and costs savings. The brand new Strategies to Improve OR Schedule 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.
The first edition of Dollar$ and $ense: Using Data-Driven Business Models to Boost the Bottom Line brings you case studies and strategies to have better utilization, increased data transparency, gains in efficiency, and more. This compilation of 38 articles, with its sharp focus on new business and patient care models, is an essential resource for veteran and new managers who want to improve the bottom line and help their organizations maintain a competitive edge.
The third edition of Materials Management in the OR includes articles compiled to help all OR managers increase efficiencies, meet budget goals, and—through best practices—take their organizations to the next level.