November 1, 2016
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Surgical Instruments’ Sterilization Probed After 11 Years of Complaints
“It’s a surgeon’s nightmare.” These words, spoken by a physician at Detroit Medical Center, ran in The Detroit News in a multi-story investigative series about how physicians had reported unclean, missing, and damaged surgical instruments for 11 years without the issue being resolved.
Have Systems in Place to Report Problems with Surgical Instruments
When experiencing repeated problems with surgical instruments that are broken, missing, or dirty, documentation of such problems is key to resolving the issue, says R. Stephen Trosty, JD, MHA, CPHRM, ARM, risk management and patient safety consultant in Haslett, MI.
Take These Steps to Avoid Issues With Instruments
In outpatient surgery, physician staff often pressure techs to quickly turn around sets and scopes for cases, says Marcia Patrick, MSN, RN, CIC, a Tacoma, WA-based consultant, educator, and surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Facility Has ‘One-Stop’ Process at Patient’s Bedside
Patient satisfaction scores soared after bedside registration was implemented at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL.
Anesthesiology Departments on Average Charge More Than 20 Times Their Costs
Hospitals on average charged more than 20 times their own costs in 2013 in their anesthesiology departments, as well as their CT scan departments, which suggests that hospitals strategically use chargemaster markups to maximize revenue, according to new research from Johns Hopkins University.
Is Technology Working for Your Surgery Program?
We are living in a time when, for just about anything we need, there is an app associated with it. Our mobile phones have replaced our cameras, fax machines, video cameras, alarm clocks, maps, newspapers, magazines, address books, yellow pages, and many other devices and items that we just thought we could not do without.
Pediatric Surgical Risk Calculator Released
For many of the most common U.S. pediatric operations, the new Pediatric Surgical Risk Calculator provides an individualized estimate of the chance of a young patient experiencing postoperative complications, according to research findings appearing online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The calculator is from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
Want to Keep Pediatric Patients Happy? Let Them Draw on the Sheets
While children usually are told not to color on anything but paper, one Montana hospital has found that allowing children to draw on their hospital sheets before surgery reduces their anxiety.
Common Infection Control Citations
Even as CMS makes bold pushes in infection control, the agency is inspecting healthcare facilities and finding common, recurrent problems.
The Joint Commission Releases Top Challenging Requirements for First Six Months
The Joint Commission has identified the top areas for noncompliance among standards; National Patient Safety Goals; the Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Person Surgery; and Accreditation and Certification Participation Requirements.
The Joint Commission Revises Its Policy On Notification of Organization Changes
The Joint Commission has updated its policy regarding notification of changes within accredited organization. The updated policy took effect Oct. 1.
Resources Available to Help With Survey Process
Accreditation organizations and AHC Media, publisher of Same-Day Surgery, have resources available to help with the survey process.