Tag: ambulatory

Hospital transfers and the new Medicare rules…

Hospital transfers and the new Medicare rules…

When we have to facilitate a hospital transfer, we have to shift into high gear.  Not only do we have to ensure a safe and smooth patient transition, we have to re-route other facility operations as we shift focus, all while being concerned for our […]

They say you can’t go home again…

They say you can’t go home again…

  I am writing my blog this week as I sit in an old friend’s breakfast restaurant drinking coffee in the town where I grew up.  I came here for a long weekend to visit some great friends. It has been nostalgic driving down the streets where I […]

Who is Anita Dorr and why should you thank her?

Who is Anita Dorr and why should you thank her?

  This is a picture of Anita Dorr.I recently learned that it turns out that Anita started out as an OR nurse, became a nursing supervisor, then joined the Army Nurse Corps to care for the injured during World War II.  When she returned from […]

The Driveway Incident and the school of hard knocks…

The Driveway Incident and the school of hard knocks…

I have a confession…I am a car girl.  I love cars, especially muscle cars.  If I win the lottery, I will buy a 60’s model GTO.  My current car isn’t  my dream car, but it is a beautiful color blue, and I treat it lovingly. […]

Check your dance moves…

Check your dance moves…

I once had a conversation with a surgeon about his frustration with a hospital due to  slow turnover.  He lamented that, at worst, it could be an hour or more.  He shared that their process included a turnover team that came in for both the […]

Starting Cases on time: Don’t let the pans soak…

Starting Cases on time: Don’t let the pans soak…

      We can’t always get the surgeon there on time, but we can take steps to make sure we are ready when they get there.  Here are a few tips that may help all that dirty work seem a little easier and off […]

Nursing school lessons that stuck…if it’s not charted…

Nursing school lessons that stuck…if it’s not charted…

  One of the first things I learned in nursing school, after I put on that embarrassing apron thing over my crisp new white uniform, and after learning bed making (do they still teach that?) and hand washing, was that if its not documented, it’s […]

Banding together…Looking for better ways to identify our patients.

Banding together…Looking for better ways to identify our patients.

  I recently worked with a facility that used red allergy bands they had sharpie markered with each patient’s allergies. They get kudos for patient safety, but it was definitely not the most efficient practice. I could just see the staff going through each chart, […]

Safety Data Sheets….who is keeping up the book, what needs to be included, and what happened to the “M”??

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 […]