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Few Patients Maximize Opioid-Sparing Medications After Orthopedic Surgery, Study Finds

A new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers adds to growing evidence that patients underuse non-opioid pain relievers to supplement opioid pain management after spine and joint surgery. A report on the findings, which also shows that patients improperly store and dispose of unused opioids, was published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia on April 17.

Source: ASCA/Newswise

 

Virtua Negotiating to Add 13 Ambulatory Centers

Virtua Health is looking to add 13 ambulatory centers to its network as it seeks to expand through one-room surgery centers. Dennis Pullin, who was appointed as CEO of the system in October, said in an interview that the centers are being negotiated with independent doctor offices.

Source: NJBIZ/ASCA

 

Texas Free Market Surgery Partners with Health Beyond Insurance

Health Beyond Insurance (HBI) is excited to announce that Texas Free Market Surgery, a free market, medicine solution provider in Texas, has joined Health Beyond Insurance’s national provider network. Texas Free Market Surgery offers competitive, transparent prices on surgical procedures across a broad range of specialties, both outpatient and inpatient.

Source: EIN Presswire/ASCA

 

Ideas That Work: Drawer-to-Arm Phenomenon

I call it drawer-to-arm phenomenon An anesthesia provider is about to inject a patient with a local anesthetic as she awaits a routine surgery. He reaches first to the anesthesia workstation for a swab, then back to the patient. Then he goes back to his incredibly-difficult-to-clean station for a syringe, reaches for the vial in one of the drawers, fills the syringe and then goes back to the patient to inject her with the anesthetic.

Source: Outpatient Surgery

 

Staffing: Help Tomorrow’s OR Leaders with Their Capes

Being in a leadership position is, for lack of a better word, challenging. No offense to those non-surgical leaders who may start their day at, say, some late hour like 8:30 a.m., and then maybe actually go to a restaurant for lunch, or grab a call from home, but surgical leaders are the superheroes of leaders. We go in early, often eat when we can at our desks and cover lates. We mop floors and help turnover. We are the IT department, the HR department, regulatory and compliance support, customer service, department manager, supervisor and staff relief. We are occasional housekeepers, security (always fun) and reception. This list is not in the job description.

Source: Outpatient Surgery

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