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It was a natural move for Bayou Region Surgical Center to add total knees to its existing orthopedics line in 2022....

Renovating a facility to accommodate the many spine procedures that can now be performed in outpatient settings often involves a digital makeover in the form of...

When upgrading or renovating your surgery center, design of your perioperative space is obviously a top priority. AORN’s new Guideline for Design and Maintenance of the...

As orthopedic ASCs continue to be built and developed due to overwhelming demand for their services and the value and convenience they provide, the Medicare...

The sterile processing department (SPD) is the heartbeat of any healthcare facility, and its ability to safely handle and sanitize instruments is key to keeping patients safe...

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education Surgical Ergonomics Committee was created to address the ergonomic challenges surgeons often...

Considering all the effort you put into the major, headache-inducing aspects of an ASC design and build — the endless delays, the never-ending regulatory hurdles...

There’s a significant problem in many operating rooms across the United States: Electrosurgical devices can cause significant patient burns and life-threatening fires...

At the beginning of 2021, only two U.S. states had enacted legislation mandating the use of smoke evacuation systems in every OR for every smoke-producing procedure....

Given Medicare’s addition of several orthopedic procedures to its fee schedule, an increasingly graying population and a post-COVID effect that has predisposed...

A decade after the CDC, FDA and others first stressed that more attention should be paid to the dangers of improperly reprocessed endoscopes, such errors remain...

There were 88 unintended retained surgical item (RSI) events reported to The Joint Commission (TJC) in 2022, continuing a downward trend established in 2019...

Just how many instruments on the trays in your ORs and procedure rooms are actually necessary?

The shared governance team at Virtua Health in Voorhees, N.J., identified a big opportunity to improve efficiency and reduce costs by streamlining surgical...

Organic matter is discovered on critical, regularly used instruments. Do you: a.) Ask sterile processing what happened, or b.) Reach out to your surgical techs...

Patient warming is a patient safety and patient satisfaction must for top-performing outpatient facilities....

How do well-meaning sterile processing professionals make sense of and track the myriad complex steps in a typical endoscope manufacturer’s IFUs?

Warming every patient no matter the duration of the surgery is the best course of action for facilities, says J.D. Buchert, MSN, M.Ed., MS, RN, workforce safety manager...

When Ohio Gastroenterology Group, a Columbus-based physician-owned practice with five endoscopy centers, was drowning in tens of thousands of monthly phone calls...

If your reprocessing techs handle a high volume of complex instrumentation day in and day out, it’s imperative that they take every measure possible to...

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