The Daily Adventures of Managing Surgery

Infection control

My top 10 infection control survey blunders…they may be yours too!

My top 10 infection control survey blunders…they may be yours too!

I have the privilege of assisting surgical facilities prepare for surveys.  I have seen countless wonderful, clean, well prepared centers where I would feel confident in having surgery or taking a loved one for surgery. Even in the most pristine facilities, there is sometimes an […]

Don’t let the new humidity rules leave you sweating…

Don’t let the new humidity rules leave you sweating…

Some of my most challenging days in my surgery center career have been due to temperature and humidity problems in the OR.  There have been times where I felt like I should have obtained an HVAC certification in dealing with hot rooms, broken systems, and […]

Superbugs should only be in scary movies.

Superbugs should only be in scary movies.

If you are anything like me, you sighed out loud in hearing about the outbreaks this week at some care facilities linked to potentially contaminated scopes. The word superbug should  be only something found in scary movies, yet is unfortunately very real.

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

  We have all heard it before: The key to effective management is delegation. But, if you are like me, sometimes it’s hard to let go. What if the ball gets dropped? The problem is that either can’t get it all done well, or worse, we trust […]

This may be a good time to get back to basics.

This may be a good time to get back to basics.

  As I woke up this morning to learn that another healthcare worker has been infected with the Ebola virus at the Dallas Hospital where the patient was treated, it evoked an emotional response, as it may have with you as well. Thoughts like: This […]