11% of Kaiser Hip and Knee Replacement Patients Have No Hospital Stay

A recent Harvard Business Review article explores the approach Kaiser Permanente is taking to speed the healing of their hip replacement patients. After studying their process, Kaiser concluded that half their patients could go home safely the same day of their surgery, if and only if, the entire care team followed a set of carefully coordinated procedures. Many of these procedures would have to take place outside of the hospital setting.

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More Evidence for the Observer Effect in Hospitals, But Does It Apply to the OR?

When employees in a hospital are being monitored, patient outcomes rise, but in an OR setting, turnaround times — one marker of consistency and patient safety — don’t improve from observation alone. The “Hawthorne effect,” is when individuals, typically research subjects, actively change their behavior when they know they are being observed and monitored. This effect has been found effective from everything to hand washing among health care workers to increased voter turnout when voter preferences are being assessed.

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Syus and The J2 Group Partner to Support Perioperative Performance Improvement

Syus is excited to announce a partnership with The J2 Group to support perioperative performance improvement through a joint analytics and consulting offering.  The partnership will allow hospitals and health systems usings Syus' data-driven tools direct access to J2's hands-on services for optimizing clinical and business processes. Customers working with Syus and J2 will have a comprehensive solution to implementing and maintaining perioperative improvements. 

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AORN and Syus Partner on Analytics

As we begin the third day of the AORN Surgical Global Surgical Conference and Expo in Boston, we are excited to announce the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has selected Syus as its exclusive partner. As most readers will know, AORN is the leading membership organization for perioperative nurses and managers and is the standard-setting body for perioperative practice. Our partnership with AORN will benefit AORN's members and Syus' customers by bringing together the definitive practice and documentation standards from AORN with the leading anayltics tools from Syus.

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Tips for Mentoring the Next Generation of Periop Leaders

One responsibility that can be neglected with everything else competing for your time, attention and energy is identifying and training the next generation of perioperative leaders. The OR workforce is aging and we collectively need to encourage younger, less experienced candidates waiting for their chance to lead. You need to do what you can to help them transition. You must share your knowledge and skills, if not to help those who come after you, then for the greater good of the patients and medical staff.

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Study Finds Informed Patients Have Better Outcomes

Achieving a positive patient outcome is a primary objective for any surgical encounter. Many factors impact whether this goal is met. A recent study reported by FierceHealthcare.com indicates a successful outcome may have as much to do with the patient's knowledge and expectations as other factors. As a result, investments in patient education may produce more satisfied patients.

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Peer Pressure Beats Incentives in Driving Doctor Behavior

You know one of your biggest day-to-day challenges is how to help surgeons, staff and administration to make choices that result in the best clinical and business outcomes. It is frustrating to watch people make the same poor choices over and over. Hand hygiene is a particularly frustrating area as everyone should know intuitively that frequent and proper hand washing is essential. Yet problems persist.

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Opioid Addiction Complicates Surgical Decisions

With the significant increase in the use of opioids, both prescribed and not prescribed, hospitals are experiencing new challenges determining appropriate treatment paths, including surgery, for patients abusing opioids. National Public Radio recently explored one specific challenge involving the treatment of opioid abusers diagnosed with endocarditis, an expensive condition to treat. 

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