Distractions in the OR

Monday, December 6, 2021 11:20:13 AM America/New_York

Distractions and interruptions occur frequently in the operating room and procedural suites. They can negatively impact patient safety, care coordination, and efficiency by causing errors and patient harm. Distraction and interruptions in the OR and procedural suites are defined as events that divert attention from a primary task. Interruptions occur when distractions are responded to, abruptly disturbing and diverting attention away from the primary task. Many distractions and interruptions may be inevitable; however, techniques should be considered to mitigate their impact.

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Posted in Action Products, Inc. By Sally Fulmer

November 18 is World-Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day!

Monday, October 25, 2021 2:38:37 PM America/New_York

The annual Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention Day is just around the corner on November 18, 2021.  Let’s not forget that perioperative pressure Injury prevention strategies decrease overall hospital acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) in the non-reimbursable CMS “never event” category.  Awareness around perioperative pressure injuries and the focus on patient risk identification, including environmental and extrinsic risk factors, is gaining traction within the surgical and medical device community. As a result, skin injury prevention bundles, hospital policies, and safety strategies are being researched and recommended throughout the healthcare industry.

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Universal Protocol: Guideline for Perioperative Team Communication

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 1:20:16 PM America/New_York

Each year the Joint Commission, with input from practitioners, provider organizations, purchasers, consumer groups, and other stakeholders, determines patient safety issues that are the highest priority and creates National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG). NPSG were established in 2002 to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern related to patient safety.

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Posted in Surgical Patient Safety By Sally Fulmer

Turnover Times: Reality vs Expectations

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 9:41:54 AM America/New_York

Benchmarking efficiency is nothing new to the perioperative team; it is talked about in huddle, in services, and staff meetings. Efficiency in the Operating Room (OR) is measured by time, including start time, end time, turnover time, incision to closure time, block time utilization and more.

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Posted in Action Products, Inc. By Sally Fulmer

Tips to Reduce Surgical Site Infections

Friday, August 27, 2021 11:58:51 AM America/New_York

Surgical site infections (SSI) are multifaceted, meaning that there are many intrinsic and extrinsic factors that contribute to them. Unfortunately, many times it is difficult to track down the source of the infection because of all the factors in play. Is it the traffic in the OR that disrupts the laminar air flow, the shedding of squamous cells by the OR staff, or is it the case going longer than anticipated? Where did the contamination take place, in the OR or after surgery?  Bioburden/biofilm left on surgical instruments after reprocessing is an extrinsic factor that plays into SSI. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 30,000 patients die annually from surgical infections. Today we are going to discuss methods to reduce bioburden/biofilm left on instruments after reprocessing.

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Posted in Action Products, Inc. By Sally Fulmer