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CCI Institute for Excellence: Tips for Effective Department Meetings

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

Routine meetings in any department are imperative in order to function as a team and perform at an optimal level. The effective use of meetings is especially important when the department exists within a high-stress, fast-paced environment, as the Anesthesia Department does in the Operating Room (OR). Although the anesthesia service is not technically a…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: Controlled Substance Management

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D. Controlled substance management has always been a challenge for an anesthesia practice. Turnover is rapid by demand, and occasionally documentation of controlled substance use does not receive the priority that is required.  The consequences of inaccurate documentation can be devastating. The result of poor documentation can be accusations of diversion,…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: NPSG Requirements for Labeling of Syringes

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D. The requirement for the labeling of syringes became part of Joint Commission surveys as one of the National Patient Safety Goals 3. The reason for this NPSG is related to the number of avoidable events that have harmed patients. One recent case involved CRNA #1 preparing medication for CRNA #2.…

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