Foam or Gel for Patient Position: What Does the Evidence Say?

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:17:00 PM America/New_York

One of the biggest responsibilities of the operating room (OR) team is to ensure patient safety. There are many facets to patient safety in the OR. Safe patient positioning is a critical facet since the patient is unable to tell you if they are in pain or uncomfortable.  The first step to improved outcomes related to patient positioning is to look to the evidence for guidance when choosing your positioning device.  There are extrinsic and intrinsic factors that contribute to the development of pressure injuries (PI) in the OR; one of the extrinsic factors is prolonged surface interface pressure. In this week’s blog we will look at a scientific comparison between foam and gel used as positioning devices in order to determine best practice. 

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Tips for Nurses that Help Say Goodbye to Burnout

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 1:02:09 PM America/New_York

In the last blog we talked about compassion fatigue which is the emotional residue or strain of exposure to working with those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. It differs slightly from burnout but can co-exist. Compassion Fatigue can occur due to exposure on one case or can be due to a “cumulative” level of trauma. Burnout is a cumulative process, marked by emotional exhaustion and withdrawal associated with increased workload and institutional stress, NOT trauma related.

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Safe Lateral Position for Improved Team and Patient Outcomes

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 2:04:04 PM America/New_York

The lateral surgical position is one of the most labor-intensive surgical positions that depends on brute force and team strength.  The lateral position is not only physically taxing on the staff, but also can be as hard on the patient; therefore, it is important to have an experienced clinical team member leading the way.  The surgeries that rely on the lateral surgical position vary by specialty and include lateral hip, thoracotomy, spine surgery, or kidney surgery. Many times, the lateral position is preferred over prone when possible for obese patients because the bulk of the patients panniculus can be displaced off the abdomen.  To help improve patient outcomes, this blog will discuss the risk and interventions that are involved with placing a patient in the lateral position.

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Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Nursing

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 11:05:34 AM America/New_York

Nursing shortages, burnout and compassion fatigue require nurses to practice self-care.

Compassion Fatigue can occur with exposure to one case or can be due to a “cumulative” level of trauma. Compassion fatigue develops over time, taking weeks, sometimes years to surface. It is a low level, chronic clouding of caring and concern for others. Over time, the ability to feel and care for others becomes eroded through overuse of the skills of compassion.

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Posted in Action Products, Inc. By Sally Fulmer

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