The Daily Adventures of Managing Surgery

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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 […]

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 […]

The day I met Jeff Foxworthy by my surgery center

The day I met Jeff Foxworthy by my surgery center

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A couple of years ago, I was getting ready for a busy day at my surgery center.  I got up showered, dressed, ran out the door got to work, and got in my scrubs.  It was one of those early mornings that taking the extra early minute was given to that cup of coffee, and not a lot of personal prep.

As a working manager, dressing up as you know is not always part of the job, but it wasn’t even on the list on this particular day.  Not even mascara.  Hair dried by the windows down method.  You get the idea.  I hit the ground running, and, when I got a minute to catch my breath, I ducked out to the building cafe to grab a bagel.

As I waited my turn…I noticed the guy in front of me.  He looked familiar.  Then it hit me.  So, in my my finest moment (not), I came up with the best thing to say I could think of…

“You look just like Jeff Foxworthy!  Yup! Genius, right?

So he responds…”well hell, I’d rather look just like Brad Pitt!” (more…)

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 […]

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 […]