Action "Be Aware" Bulletin: Hospital Violence - From the E.R. to the O.R.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8:59:44 AM America/New_York

“Healthcare facilities are places of healing.  Sometimes they can also be places of danger and death – just like the rest of the world,” OR Manager comments wryly. Rising healthcare bills, painkiller abuse, and untreated mental illness are fueling violence in U.S. emergency departments, leaving physicians and nurses with troubling stories of patient aggression toward staff, Megan Knowles writes in BeckersHospitalReview

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Observe Bullying Prevention Month in the O.R. - Year Round

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8:13:35 AM America/New_York

The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month, Healthline reminds us.  And, while Provision 6 of the American Nurses’ Association (ANA) Code of Ethics requires that “nurses establish and maintain an ethical work environment”, the “inconvenient truth” is that lateral violence (nurse-to-nurse bullying) continues to be a major – and growing – problem for the nursing profession.

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Assessments Help Reduce Adverse Perioperative Outcomes

Monday, October 15, 2018 11:23:58 AM America/New_York

“All patients scheduled to undergo major noncardiac surgery should have an assessment of the risk of perioperative cardiovascular events, and most patients should be evaluated with a risk prediction model,” Drs. Steven  L. Cohn and Lee A. Fleisher write in UpToDate. “Identification of increased risk provides the patient (and surgeon) with information that helps them better understand the benefit-to-risk ratio of a procedure and may lead to interventions that decrease risk".

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Taking Action Against Staffing Shortages in the O.R.

Friday, September 28, 2018 1:31:00 PM America/New_York

“Like the iceberg that sunk the Titanic, there’s a looming threat on the horizon that could have dire consequences for perioperative nursing, “writes Don Sadler in ortoday.com, referring to the growing shortage of perioperative nurses.  The shortage has been attributed to both the retirement of O.R. nurses and the lack of specialized perioperative training for nurses during their clinical education, Sadler explains.

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Protect Your Patient While Using Peg Boards

Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:51:00 AM America/New_York

Surgical Teams using pegboard devices have expressed similar pressure and shear force concerns. The need to protect their patients from damaging pressure injuries and shear forces is a top priority. Many surgical patients have benefited from the Akton® polymer gel pad, designed to cushion the standard pegboard device. 

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