Same-Day Surgery – May 1, 2020
May 1, 2020
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COVID-19 Pandemic Closes Many Surgery Centers
The COVID-19 pandemic has led many surgery centers to close and surgeons to put off elective surgeries. Several professional associations have released guidelines to help the industry figure out where to go from here.
AORN Offers Perioperative Nurses Guidance on COVID-19
For perioperative nurses working through the COVID-19 crisis, the message is simple: “Do what you do best: Remain calm, and take care of the problem."
Research Highlights Disparate Outcomes for Black Surgery Patients
Surgeons and other healthcare professionals carry biases they might not acknowledge, which can contribute to racial disparities. Numerous studies in recent years highlighted differences between black and white surgery patients. Investigators have researched different surgeries as well as patients’ outcomes and access. They all came to the same conclusion: Black patients fare worse.
Achieving Racial Equity in Surgery Starts with Personal Mindset
Healthcare professionals often are unaware of their own gender, racial, cultural, or religious biases, which can play a role in inequity and disparate outcomes. Read on to learn about a popular assessment surgery center leaders can use to help raise awareness.
Racial Disparities Affect Where Patients Undergo Surgery
Researchers compared two boroughs in New York City: Manhattan and the Bronx. Although the two communities are adjacent, they are markedly different. White patients who lived in the Bronx were significantly more likely than black patients to undergo elective surgery in Manhattan operating rooms.
Surgery Centers Can Improve Patient Record Documentation
From a nursing perspective, medical recordkeeping is more about risk management than it is about complying with regulations. All medical records from surgery centers should tell the stories of patients and include details about their episodes of care.
There always is room for improvement regarding how new employees are trained and oriented. It is important to make sure a proper orientation process is documented and what it entails.