Clock in, scrub up, and join us behind the red line. We are First Case – an operating room podcast bringing you exciting interviews, engaging discussions, and innovative solutions that are changing the way patients receive surgical care. Each episode we talk to frontline staff, perioperative leadership, and nursing entrepreneurs from across the country as they share their stories, experience and expertise on an industry we love.
From the back table to the board room, from wheels in to wheels out. -- we tackle the real-life issues affecting the OR. Whether you’re tuning in for surgical service education or inspiration, we’re glad you're here. And now, it’s time to roll back, and start the First Case…
When Surgery Is Scary: Overcoming Anxiety in Our Pediatric Patients
Surgery can be a scary experience for children. Being in an unknown environment with so many strange faces increases anxiety. But, there are ways that we can make the operating room a less anxious place. Today we'll talk with Diane Miller, CRNA, & CEO of PEDIA, LLC., about how decreasing anxiety in children before surgery can improve the entire surgical experience. We’ll discuss special considerations for the pediatric population, including the importance of play and ways OR teams can reduce anxiety.
Customized By Design: Exploring the Intersection of Safety and Efficiency in Sterile Storage
A hospital has two options for adding space: move to a new building and renovate, or stay and invest in a more space-efficient storage system. On this Vendor Spotlight we talk with Ian Loper from DSI about an integrated, high-density storage system that can meet all the safe and efficient sterile storage and transportation needs of your facility. Tune in to learn more about an efficient storage system that increases employee productivity, decreases the cost of labor, and increases bottom-line savings!
Sterile Processing Productivity
This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series is written by, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN where he discusses the questions we need to ask ourselves when determining the amount of time that should be allocated for processing instruments. "Having a realistic unit of service for the SPD area ensures that resources that are necessary to support the efficient turnaround of surgical instrumentation for the operating room will be present and allow the operating room to run as efficiently."
From Ear to Ear: Improving the Lives of Children with Microtia... One 3-D Ear at a Time
How does architecture influence plastic surgery? For pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. Sheryl Lewin, MD, her art and architecture background has influenced her ability to innovate and design the ear making-process for patients with microtia and atresia. Join us today as we discuss her unique work, learn about the special 3-D process she uses for creating implants, and hear how she’s changing the lives of children around the world!
Do You Have Sufficient Anesthesia Technician Coverage?
This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series is written by, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN where he discusses three factors that must be considered when determining how many anesthesia technicians are needed. "By considering the needs of the many different patients that will be in your department each day, and by following recommended staffing guidelines, you’re setting your department and your techs up for success, and providing the appropriate numbers of staff to assist with patient care."
Advancing the OR: Understanding the Value of the Clinical Nurse Specialist
What is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)? What value can they add to surgical services? On today’s episode of First Case, we explore everything that a CNS does in the OR with Brenda G. Larkin, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CSSM, CNOR. We’ll learn more about this advanced nursing practice degree, what the CNS role looks like in the OR, and discuss the many different ways the CNS serves as an invaluable resource for the operating room. Ready to learn more? Let’s get going!
Great interview! If I ever have surgery I want Nurse Brenna in my OR! She sounds like she is on top of things! I hope that all OR personnel are as committed to this process as she is.
Two sides of the same heart
Pertinent information presented regarding Cardiac Cath procedures. Helpful and useful suggestions to improve workflow.
K.S. RN BSN
Excellent listen. Encouraging and motivating to hear others who are experts talk about relevant subject matters that affect us daily! Thank you so much!