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In the public consciousness, postoperative recoveries are so frequently associated with opioid misuse that TV dramatizations and documentaries about it litter the streaming...

Early in my career, I was assigned to a patient scheduled for surgery who was supposed to be under the care of an anesthesiologist, only to be later informed that...

It wasn’t until the caregiver team was debriefing that Connie Schwendeman, MSN, RN, CPAN, NPD-BC, began to relax. Ms. Schwendeman, a corporate learning consultant...

Regional anesthesia has become a core component of our workflow at OAM Surgery Center at MidTowne. We perform orthopedics procedures only, averaging between...

Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is the most underrated postoperative complication. It rarely gets the attention it deserves, and it’s our patients who suffer...

Anesthesia is in the middle of a major transition period. Increasingly, we’re seeing a shift away from the low-value/high-cost or ratio-based TEFRA models and a movement...

I started studying karate as an adult, and I was what was called a “legs fighter,” meaning I mostly kicked my way through 11 years of training, complete with some intense...

No surgeon wants to face a postoperative complication. But the reality is that complications, such as chronic postoperative pain, happen to patients even when...

Urology is at a crossroads regarding its key tools: flexible cystoscopes and ureteroscopes....

I used to love traveling for work. In my 20s, there was nothing better than having my job fly me out to a city I’d never visited....

Glass- or steel-walled operating rooms, which have been popular in Europe for some time, are a growing trend in U.S. ORs as the focus on infection prevention increases...

IV poles are critical for patient care, but these OR staples come with a major flaw: The wheels often become jammed and entangled with wires, creating a nuisance for staff...

Circulators were having difficulty locating implants in the implant room at OAM Surgery Center at MidTowne, an orthopedics-only ASC in Grand Rapids, Mich....

Whether it’s cracked instrument marking tape, a miniscule chip out of the jaw of the needle holder or a jaw that has somehow become “sticky,” there are plenty...

There are a dizzying amount of medication safety requirements and best practices you are expected to comply with every day....

The enduring threat of surgical site infections (SSIs) is alarming....

An effective fluid waste management system is a necessity for a busy orthopedic center. After all, the specialty is famous for its messy, fluid-filled cases....

It’s a simple proposition: mark the site of surgery on the patient so it’s clear where the incision should be made....

If your surgeons rely on older power tools because they’re used to them, it’s time to help them keep pace with the changes that continue to revolutionize the kinds...

Surgical positioning can be an undervalued task for all staff....

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