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.
Today’s healthcare leaders must balance cost, quality, safety, and efficiency. With many procedures now being performed on an outpatient basis and more quickly than ever before, it’s imperative for OR managers to create and sustain systems that will satisfy patients and providers alike. The core idea of the Lean philosophy is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste, and as healthcare delivery shifts to a value-based system, Lean tools are becoming an essential part of the perioperative environment. In this updated report, you’ll learn how healthcare facilities have streamlined scheduling and inventory processes to achieve greater efficiency and costs savings. Perhaps even more important, these articles illustrate the relationship between best practices and patient safety.
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.
In a recent SSI document, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that advances have been made in infection control practices, but says, “SSIs remain a substantial cause of morbidity, prolonged hospitalization, and death. SSI is associated with a mortality rate of 3%, and 75% of SSI associated deaths are directly attributable to the SSI.” This 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. The expert advice and best practices in this report reflect important strategies to combat SSIs and increase the safety of patients and staff.
The second edition of the Outpatient Surgery book keeps readers abreast of the rapid changes in this key area by reflecting the range of topics we’ve covered over the past few years in OR Manager. Whether you’re struggling to meet the requirements of surveys conducted by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, improve patient safety processes, implement the ICD-10 coding structure, or deal with Medicare reimbursement, you’ll find relevant and timely articles in this book.
Patient Safety in the OR, Sixth Edition offers articles that can help OR administrators, perioperative directors, and their staffs provide a safer environment for surgical patients and measure up to the latest standards for reimbursement. The first edition of Staffing the OR: How to Recruit, Retain, and Sustain Excellence in Patient Care focuses on information to help educate your staff and motivate them to be excellent team players, develop future perioperative services leaders, and improve processes and communication to enhance patient safety. The second edition of Materials Management in the OR touches on ways to streamline the supply chain, fine-tune data analysis to meet revenue goals, and improve processes to better balance supply and demand.
The latest edition of Patient Safety in the OR offers articles that can help OR administrators, perioperative directors, and their staffs provide a safer environment for surgical patients and measure up to the latest standards for reimbursement imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The sixth edition of this book focuses on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the shift from fee-for-services to value-based purchasing and how those two major players have upped the ante for patient safety in recent years. Readers will find an overarching theme of enhanced communication in these articles, as well as developments in clinical issues such as retained surgical items, pressure ulcers, bioburden, infection risks related to endoscopy practices, and more.
The steady increase in penalties imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for readmissions has made it imperative to try to reduce the likelihood that patients will return to the hospital. And numerous reports this past year of faulty endoscope reprocessing at facilities nationwide have put sterilization practices under the microscope along with surgical protocols. OR Manager has closely monitored these trends. In this Special Report: Sterilization & Disinfection, we offer a compilation of best practices articles to help readers improve their perioperative services environments, sterile processing techniques, and patient safety records.