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Who's the Best at Best Practices?
ORX's Tournament of Champions will crown the victors.
Outpatient Surgery Editors
Publish Date: May 22, 2014
OR Excellence
Tournament of Champions Got the answer?

Are you a stickler for surgical details? When surveyors visit your facility, do you school them on how things should be done? Do your colleagues seek you out for advice before consulting the standards manual? Are you willing to put your knowledge of all things surgery to the test? Show your peers what you're made of at OR Excellence's "Tournament of Champions."

Returning for the 6th year, the crowd favorite game-show format pits teams of attendees against each other to prove their mettle through 60 minutes of competitive, head-to-head, Q & A action. The teams use audience-response clickers to answer questions on subjects ranging from OR safety to infection prevention and from business management to regulators' rules in order to determine who knows the most about the clinical and operational aspects of running a surgical business.

The stakes? Well, we can't promise a brand-new car, but last year's Tournament of Champions' winners walked away with ORX infuser water bottles and all-important bragging rights. How will your team fare? Test your knowledge with these sample questions from previous years' competitions.

  1. In the OR, the majority of percutaneous sharps injuries occur to:
    1. Staff involved in the decontamination process.
    2. Surgeons and surgical residents.
    3. Surgical technologists.
    4. Perioperative nurses.
  2. True or false: The more rings you wear, the more likely you are to cause a surgical site infection.
  3. To calculate your net revenue per case for a month:
    1. Divide the total amount of revenue by the number of cases performed.
    2. Divide the total EBITDA by the number of cases performed.
    3. Divide the total amount of revenue minus expenses by the number of cases performed.
    4. Divide the total billed amount by the number of cases performed.
  4. The Joint Commission first identified wrong-site surgery as a common type of sentinel event in:
    1. 1989
    2. 1996
    3. 2002
    4. 2007
  5. Which statement about skin preps is most accurate?
    1. Use as little of the prep as possible to prevent pooling.
    2. Let prep dry for at least 1 minute.
    3. Prep as small an area as possible and don't prep beyond the intended incision site.
    4. Use enough prep solution to cover the surgical site and surrounding area in case the incision is extended or the drape's fenestration shifts.
last year's winning team Happy members of last year's winning team.
  1. Which of these items is appropriate for red bag waste?
    1. Sponges saturated with blood or bodily fluids.
    2. Suture needles.
    3. Medication vials.
    4. Emptied suction canisters.
    5. All of the above.
  2. Medicare reimburses separately for pre-op peripheral nerve blocks under the following circumstances:
    1. Both ultrasound and a stimulator are used.
    2. Blocks are performed in a dedicated block room.
    3. Blocks are administered in association with a continuous catheter attached to a pain pump.
    4. None of the above.
  3. According to MHAUS, what is the minimum number of vials of dantrolene that facilities using volatile anesthesia or succinylcholine should keep on hand in case of a malignant hyperthermia crisis?
    1. 12
    2. 24
    3. 36
    4. 48
    5. None of the above.

1. b 2. true 3. c 4. b 5. d 6. a 7. d 8. c