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 […]
The Daily Adventures of Managing Surgery
Maintaining credentialing files can be a job in itself. I think it’s the way you approach it. Not unlike a challenging project or recipe, with good preparation, organization, and a little creativity, your credentialing files can be organized, up-to-date, and survey ready. Whether you are […]
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 […]
As much as we all gloss over with statistics, I was really surprised when I learned that 50% of all workplace assaults occur to healthcare workers. We want our staff to be safe, but may not always have the tools and resources to offer optimal […]
In-services. We all know the importance of training our staff, keeping them updated and communicating regularly. If you are like me, You swear you just had an in-service recently, go back to your records, and time has flown by. Could that last documented in-service really have […]
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.
If you are anything like me, policy review and revision is something I tend to dread. Sometimes, there is an exhaustive thick policy book that rivals War and Peace. Sometimes, there are several books that have been divided up by category. Always, no matter […]
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 […]
Safety Data Sheets….who is keeping up the book, what needs to be included, and what happened to the “M”??
We have always called it the MSDS book. It typically lives somewhere in the facility where all can reference it, right? Did you know the “M” went away? Yup. No more MSDS. I guess we can call it the “SDS” book, or the Safety […]