91 episodes

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…

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

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…

    To Flip or Not to Flip? That is the Question...

    To Flip or Not to Flip? That is the Question...

    In this week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series, written by Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN, he discusses what factors should be considered when determining whether or not to allow a surgeon to flip rooms.
    "One of the most important variables is how many cases can be done in a day, and how consistent the surgeon is in bringing enough volume to fill a day." Tune in to hear more! 
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    Articles On-the-Go presents perioperative insights from written articles in a creative, easy to listen, audio format. Think audio book, meets busy Operating Room professional!
    #FirstCase #Podcast #OperatingRoom #Surgery #ArticlesOnTheGo #Productivity #Perioperative

    • 2 min
    Protection and Prevention: Understanding Laser Safety in the Operating Room

    Protection and Prevention: Understanding Laser Safety in the Operating Room

    Have you ever heard, “I don’t need to wear laser safety goggles, I’m wearing glasses,” or, “If the surgeon isn’t going to wear the goggles, I don’t have to, either.” While not always the best fashion statement, laser safety goggles are always the best choice for eye protection when lasers are being used during a procedure. But there’s more to laser use and safety than just eye protection, although that is very important. Joining us today to discuss all things laser is Richard Gama, Director of Laser Safety at Agiliti. Together we’ll learn how lasers are different from other types of energy-based technology, discuss the common hazards, errors, and problems associated with laser use, and we’ll discuss ways we can improve health care facility and industry compliance with laser safety. Tune in to learn more!
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    #operatingroom #surgery #podcast #lasersafety #perioperative #surgicaltechnologist #ORNurse #surgeon #CRNA 

    • 37 min
    A Voice from the Frontline: Demystifying OR Satisfaction

    A Voice from the Frontline: Demystifying OR Satisfaction

    What’s is like to leave a position in perioperative leadership and go back to working as an OR circulator?  If you ask Dr. Jessica Gruendler, DNP, RN-BC, CNOR, CPHQ, it’s wonderful! Jessica began her career in the operating room as a surgical tech, earned her nursing degree, and spent the last 20 years in perioperative leadership positions. She recently stepped back into the role of a staff nurse, and brought her leadership perspective with her. With her unique perspective, she’s been able to learn what it is that really drives staff satisfaction, and she has very simple, actionable solutions to improve our departments. Tune in as she shares those solutions and as she highlights how leaders can work with and support their teams better.
    Love our show? Download our First Case mobile app on: 📲
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    #operatingroom #surgery #podcast #notjustanurse #frontline #perioperative #ORNurse

    • 36 min
    Protect Your Sterile Field

    Protect Your Sterile Field

    Should sterile fields be covered? What do the guidelines say? How can you cover them safely? Tune in to this exciting First Case Vendor Spotlight with Laurel Stebbins, Clinical Specialist at TIDI Products, to get the answers to these questions and more! Sterile-Z is the only product on the market designed specifically to cover the sterile field. In this exclusive interview, we discuss the common practices and misconceptions about covering sterile fields and go over the current AORN guidelines that impact frontline OR clinicians. We also dive into how the Sterile-Z drape standardizes the Operating Room's process for covering sterile fields, removes confusion, and helps eliminate contamination.  
    For more information on the Sterile-Z drape and TIDI Products, follow them on:
    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company/tidi-products-llc/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TidiProducts
     Sterile-Z Website - https://www.tidiproducts.com/product-listing/sterile-z-covers
    #TIDI #SterileZ #SterileField #MayoCovers #Surgery #OperatingRoom #Compliance #AORN #FirstCase #VendorSpotlight 

    • 27 min
    Instrument Tray Optimization

    Instrument Tray Optimization

    When was the last time your surgical instrument tray "recipes" were revised? Was it when you added something new? What about when an instrument is removed? In this week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series, written by Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN, he discusses how our trays and count sheets should be optimized so that our trays are accurate and so that unused instruments are removed. "By optimizing the trays, you are apt to find improved accuracy rates and fewer missing items." It takes a team approach to tackle the challenge of optimizing trays, but the end results are worth it!
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    Articles On-the-Go presents perioperative insights from written articles in a creative, easy to listen, audio format. Think audio book, meets busy Operating Room professional!
    #FirstCase #Podcast #OperatingRoom #Surgery #ArticlesOnTheGo #InstrumentTrays #Optimization #Perioperative

    • 2 min
    What's the Pref Card Say? Uncovering the Realities of Preference Card Management

    What's the Pref Card Say? Uncovering the Realities of Preference Card Management

    How many times have you been burned because you set up based on what the preference card said? We’ve all done it, and we’re all a little leery of trusting our preference cards, because we expect them to be wrong. On today’s episode of First Case, we’re talking all things preference cards with Dr. Lenita Williamson, MD, CEO & Founder of ProcedureCard, Inc. We’ll talk about the common problems, how changes should be made, who should be making those changes, and how much an incorrect preference card can cost in terms of time and money. You don’t want to miss this episode!
    Love our show? Download our First Case mobile app on: 📲
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    #operatingroom #surgery #podcast #preferencecards #prefcards

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

jamaiic ,

Addition to this wonderful podcast

I was introduced to this podcast and I’m enjoying it. I am a surgical technologist by trade for about 20 years and I’m glad someone is giving insights into our daily lives. I want to be part of this podcast to share my own perspective.

egeiger! ,

Time out

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.

jt beachside ,

Two sides of the same heart

Pertinent information presented regarding Cardiac Cath procedures. Helpful and useful suggestions to improve workflow.

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