Three Easy Ways to Reduce Traffic in Your OR

By Barb ZaskeHot Topics, Medical DevicesLeave a Comment

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As a perioperative nurse, have you ever wondered how excessive foot traffic within the surgical suite affects surgical site infections (SSIs)? A study at Johns Hopkins revealed that one-third of observed procedures had enough door openings during the surgeries to potentially defeat the safety effects of systems meant to keep contaminated air out of sterile ORs. Our role is to … Read More

10 Tips for Managing Instruments when the Pressure is on

By Hassan BilalMedical DevicesLeave a Comment

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Surgical technologists have an incredible amount of responsibility during a procedure, including the management of instruments, supplies and equipment. In such a fluid environment, it is critical that they exercise extreme care and precaution. But as with so many important jobs, there are a lot of details to remember when the pressure is on. To explore chaos prevention best practices … Read More

Three Myths about Continence Management

By Michelle ChristiansenMedical DevicesLeave a Comment

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Nearly 80 percent of nursing home residents suffer from urinary and bowel incontinence. Additionally, a recent CDC study showed that nearly 51 percent of people aged 65 and older living at home reported bladder and/or bowel incontinence. There is no gender discrimination with incontinence. According to the American Urological Association, 15 million men and women suffer from urinary incontinence (33 … Read More

5 Questions about Refurbished Medical Equipment

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Ambulatory surgery center, smaller hospitals and private practices are increasingly purchasing refurbished or reconditioned medical equipment. With declining reimbursements and rising costs, budgets are getting squeezed. Refurbished equipment can cost 30 to 70 percent less than buying new devices, which can result in saving thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars that can then be used for other important … Read More