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TUE, MAR 19, 2013

Consolidation in Preoperative Process Leads to Wide Range of Benefits

It is no secret the negative impact cancelled surgeries have on a facility’s bottom line. Studies have shown that hospitals lose millions in direct and indirect costs. Reasons may vary why a patient decided to cancel, but research projects have indicated that a visit at a pre-anesthesia testing/screening (PAT/PAS) clinic... Read More

FRI, MAR 8, 2013

Pain Clinic at St. Barnabas Offers Alternative Option to Narcotic Medication Policy

A little more than a month ago, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a new policy that reduced the supply of pain medication in city emergency rooms. Effectively, the plan was aimed at combating the rampant growth of prescription pill addiction in the city’s five boroughs. While it is estimated... Read More

FRI, MAR 8, 2013

Patient Satisfaction is the Key to Stay Ahead of Competition

Patient satisfaction represents an essential part of quality management and is an essential component of continuous quality improvement in anesthesiology. It is difficult to measure patient satisfaction, especially in pre- and peri-operative period and therefore patient satisfaction has not been utilized as a key factor to gain competitive advantage for... Read More

THU, FEB 28, 2013

Examining Usage of Mobile Devices in the OR

Anyone who’s ever been to the movies knows the modus operandi before the feature presentation begins. Commercials, upcoming movie trailers, exit information, and of course, a reminder to please turn all mobile devices off - all part of the pre-show mix. According to a new position statement distributed by the American... Read More

THU, FEB 14, 2013

Is Flawed Decision-Making and Poor Communication a More Common Cause of Medical Errors?

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine released a landmark report outlining the prevalence of adverse events in all medical specialties, titled “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System.” The report became a cornerstone of a renewed focus on improving quality of patient care, and was a precursor to... Read More