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AI and Machine Learning – Changing the Health Care Landscape

But Don’t Exclude Sterile Processing from Key Discussions By David Taylor, MSN, RN, CNOR Ancient papyrus revealed Egyptian medical practice was highly advanced and doctors performed the first surgery more than 3,500 years ago (2750 BC).[1, 2] Since then, medicine has...

The Concept of Modular Credentials

By James X. Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, CSSM (E) Recently, during the question and answer period following a presentation, I was asked how the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) is evolving in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The context for this question...

Reopening to the New Normal

By Bill Prentice From early March through the end of April, it seemed that almost everyone I talked to used the word “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” at some point in our conversation. ASCA staff worked seven days a week during that time, conferring with federal and state...

Why Air Disinfection Systems are Becoming an Increasingly Vital Component of Patient Care

Sponsored by Avante Health Solutions By Brent Kramer Medical facilities are incorporating air filtration systems to help safeguard patients and staff from coronavirus transmission. As coronavirus restrictions ease across the United States, medical facilities are...

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Cover Story: A Leading Role

Cover Story: A Leading Role

How the surgical tech plays an instrumental part of the OR team By Don Sadler There are few environments where teamwork is more important than in the operating room. Each individual on the OR team has specific skills and clearly defined individual roles. This includes...

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Instrument care and handling

Instrument care and handling

 By Don Sadler Communication is key to extending instrument life and promoting patient safety Of all the different kinds of medical instruments found in a hospital setting, surgical instruments are among the most sensitive and delicate. To prevent damage to the...

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Men in Nursing

Men in Nursing

As the numbers grow, will stereotypes diminish? By Don Sadler Despite all the societal advances that have been made with regard to gender equality, most people today still think of nursing as a female profession. The statistics clearly explain why. While the...

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Infection Prevention: Reducing the Hazards of HAIs

Infection Prevention: Reducing the Hazards of HAIs

The latest on reducing HAIs in the operating room By Don Sadler We know how to protect patients from these events—they can and must be prevented.” –Dr. Michael Bell Despite all of the wonderful medical advances that have been made in recent decades, thousands of...

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New Technologies help prevent RSIs

New Technologies help prevent RSIs

The risk posed by retained surgical items (or RSIs) has been present since the modern era of surgery first began. Although the frequency of RSI incidences is declining, an estimated one in every 1,500 intra-abdominal surgeries in the U.S. today results in a sponge...

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