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Perioperative nurses work on the front line caring for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. They collaborate with patients, families, and members of the surgical team in hospitals, day-surgery (ambulatory surgery) units, clinics, and physicians’ offices. They focus on planning, implementing, and evaluating care of the surgical patient . . .
Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) were once called the “best kept secret in health care,” but not today.
With the U.S. population aging and more surgical procedures being performed in ambulatory surgical centers and physicians’ offices, the demand for anesthesia care is growing. And nurses are entering the field . . .
Failure to rescue is most common safety mistake in hospitals
HealthGrades’ fifth annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study found that failure to rescue and other patient safety incidents led to 238,337 potentially preventable deaths during 2004 through 2006, which cost the federal Medicare program $8.8 billion. The . . .
Using Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) to produce better patient outcomes
Exposure to volatile anesthetic gases poses a hazard to anyone who works in an operating or recovery room.