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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As the use of technology advances, more and more devices will undoubtedly find their way into operating rooms (ORs) to help optimize the experience for patients and healthcare
professionals alike. Google Glass, a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (resembling prescription glasses), displays information in a hands-free format. Although still in its infancy, the wearable device has already been adopted by many healthcare professionals around the country.

At a basic level, Google Glass can help free up surgeons and OR nurses from having to perform simple yet time-consuming tasks by synching patient information with their electronic health record via pictures and videos taken directly from the device, eliminating the need to write anything. The images and recordings (with the patient's permission) can be reviewed later or sent to other surgeons or physicians for diagnosis and collaboration.

Here's an example of one of the many surgeons who have adopted Google Glass into their practice. What are your thoughts on the practicality of such a device in the OR?

Thursday, April 03, 2014
There are many patients who assume that surgical procedures go through the same (or similar) testing and government approval processes as prescription drugs. Developers certainly test new surgical procedures/devices, and the healthcare professionals who are to use them are trained accordingly. In addition, the FDA must approve these devices' safety before they are implemented into a practical setting.

Unfortunately, surgical techniques are not subjected to the same level of scrutiny as prescription drugs. And in a similar manner to prescription drugs, any issues with new procedures/devices may not be noticed until after they've been used regularly.

For example, uterine fibroids are treated with a technique known as power (or electric) morcellation. This technique is more efficient, as it requires a small incision (sometimes none), is less painful, and has a faster recovery period. However, recent studies have shown that power morcellation can lead to serious complications, which can be fatal in certain instances. Health issues generally arise months or years later if fragments of tissue seed onto other organs.

What are your thoughts on approval processes for surgical procedures and devices? Please feel free to share your opinion.


Friday, December 13, 2013
Are you thinking of jumping into the world of medical publishing but just don't know where to begin? If so, we wanted to use this post to address some of the main steps when you're beginning to write. Our goal is to make sure that any aspiring authors out there interested in writing for us have the necessary tools and information to be successful.
  • First, choose a topic that you're both familiar and comfortable with.
  • Next, go through previous OR Nurse issues to gain an understanding on how to present your information.
  • Establish a strong intro, body, and conclusion (use case studies if needed).
  • Make sure that the information used is evidence-based and has been published within the past 5 years.
  • Submit your manuscript here.
That wasn't so painful now, was it? Let us know if you have any comments or questions. We're looking forward to your submissions!

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Teamwork is absolutely crucial in the OR. Each member of the OR team has a specific role that they must perform flawlessly. However, there are numerous hurdles that can hinder the team's performance, such as limited space, low lighting, individuals entering and leaving the OR, and passing around sharps.

Over 384,000 healthcare workers in the country suffer from sharps injuries annually. What are some of the practices your hospital employs to avoid these types of injuries?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
With the ever-evolving landscape of social media, it is essential to be aware of the effects it can have on the work environment. Healthcare professionals are taking advantage of social media as a venue for discussion and provision of education, which ultimately leads to improved patient care. And as Americans spend more and more time on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, they are also increasingly using the Internet as a tool to find and share healthcare information. That being said, organizations can benefit by using these social media outlets to market services that they offer, to connect with patients, and to provide other helpful insights.

Certain hospitals around the country have even been "Live-Tweeting" procedures to keep family members and concerned loved ones up-to-date on the status of operations. For example, Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital had a medical professional Tweet from the operating room while a video camera shot clips, and a photographer took pictures of a 21-year-old female’s brain surgery; these digital files were later uploaded to the hospital’s social media pages. Dr. Dong Kim, the neurosurgeon leading the procedure, stated that this was all done for educational purposes. In addition, usage of social media in this manner helps to alleviate anxious patients who want to know exactly what their operation will entail, and with these pictures, videos, and Tweets, they’ll be able to do just that.

How has social media affected your workplace? Please feel free to share your thoughts.
About the Author

Elizabeth M. Thompson
Elizabeth M. Thompson is the Editor-In-Chief of OR Nurse 2012. She is also a Nursing Education Specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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