First Case

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…

Episodes

High-Risk Touchpoints and Surfaces

We’re halfway through our 12-Part Expert Series On-The-Go series! In this 6th episode, we’re continuing the conversation with industry expert Karen Goelst, CEO and Founder of KleenEdge. With a 20-year background in architectural specialties and textiles, Karen became passionate about solving the issues surrounding privacy curtains following her 15-year-old son’s hospital stay with MRSA.

In this episode, learn the key to targeted disinfecting, and learn how privacy curtains are high-risk touchpoints that cannot be disinfected like hard surfaces. What’s the solution? Tune in to find out!

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Expert Series On-the-Go presents perioperative insights from industry experts in a creative, easy to listen to, audio format. Think audio book meets busy Operating Room professional!

#FirstCase #Podcast #OperatingRoom #Surgery #ORExpert #perioperative

Advocacy in Action: A Surgical Tech’s Journey to Transforming the Profession

What does advocacy look like within your facility? How can you speak to leadership in a way that can bring about change? Joining us to answer these burning questions is Dustin Cain, Coordinator of Quality and Education at a hospital in Atlanta, GA, and Current Treasurer for AST. In this final episode of Season 10 we’ll discuss the benefits of belonging to your professional organization and learn what it looks like to advocate within your facility for change. Stay tuned!

Love our show? Download our First Case mobile app on: 📲 Apple users: https://zcu.io/gExL Android users: https://zcu.io/j7Kx Or you can subscribe to the podcast through: 💻 Apple Podcasts – https://zcu.io/qnVu iHeart Radio – https://zcu.io/5qkg Spotify – https://zcu.io/JkqK Stitcher – https://zcu.io/j76G

#surgicalsmoke #operatingroom #surgery #ornurse #scrubtech #advocacy

Disposable Does Not Always Equal Recyclable

Welcome to episode 5 of our 12-Part Expert Series On-The-Go series, where we’re continuing the conversation with industry expert Karen Goelst, CEO and Founder of KleenEdge! With a 20-year background in architectural specialties and textiles, Karen became passionate about solving the issues surrounding privacy curtains following her 15-year-old son’s hospital stay with MRSA.

In this episode, Karen uncovers the reasons why many hospitals switched to disposable, recyclable curtains, yet they failed to actually recycle any of those curtains. Also, find out what technologies are available to assist healthcare facilities with recycling not only their curtains, but also gowns, masks, and some drapes. 

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Expert Series On-the-Go presents perioperative insights from industry experts in a creative, easy to listen to, audio format. Think audio book meets busy Operating Room professional!

#FirstCase #Podcast #OperatingRoom #Surgery #ORExpert #perioperative

Empowering the Patient: A Journey into Patient Advocacy

For all of us working in healthcare, it’s clock in and clock out, day in and day out. We’re accustomed to the atmosphere of the facility, we understand how the clinics and systems work, and we know our way around the place. As we talk today with Claudia Cometa, Executive Healthcare Consultant and Owner at Peace Advocacy Group, we’ll be reminded that each of the patients who walk through our doors are having a unique experience and a unique interaction with our facility. We’ll discover how a patient advocate helps patients and their families navigate the oftentimes overwhelming aspects of healthcare, plus we’ll learn Claudia’s personal story that drove her to become the advocate that she is today.

Love our show? Download our First Case mobile app on: 📲 Apple users: https://zcu.io/gExL Android users: https://zcu.io/j7Kx Or you can subscribe to the podcast through: 💻 Apple Podcasts – https://zcu.io/qnVu iHeart Radio – https://zcu.io/5qkg Spotify – https://zcu.io/JkqK Stitcher – https://zcu.io/j76G

#operatingroom #surgery #ornurse #patientadvocacy #patientadvocate #advocacy #scrubtech

The Power of Pockets: Revolutionizing Surgical Gown Design

Do you ever wish there was an extra set of hands available to help hold forceps or a pair of scissors during a case? What if you could add this convenience and efficiency by using instrument pockets? In this exciting First Case Vendor SpotlightTM, we learn all about the innovative development of the SmartGownTM EDGE Breathable Gown with ASSIST TM Instrument Pockets with surgeon and co-inventor, Dr. Joseph Dearani, MD. In this engaging interview, Dr. Dearani discusses his journey from working as a mechanic to becoming a cardiac surgeon, and he shares with us how his training as a mechanic helped inspire his idea for a new surgical gown design. Discover how the simple addition of pockets can improve self-sufficiency and efficiency within the surgical field. Find out what the design team did to overcome the challenges of maintaining sterility with the gown’s design and learn how this gown can be used for multiple surgical specialties and patient positions.

Designed using the technology of Cardinal Health’s top-selling AAMI Level 4 surgical gown, the SmartGown™ EDGE features two instrument pockets and one holster, enabling convenient instrument access to help support safe and efficient procedures. The innovative instrument pockets enable users to keep frequently used instruments within reach, and they provide a much-needed extra set of hands to understaffed ORs.

To connect with a Cardinal Health representative to learn more about the SmartGown TM EDGE, you can visit their website at https://ww3.cardinalhealth.com/l/104412/2023-12-18/5vcqp1?cid=DSP-TRD_TDS_OTR-MED-MPORP_SDG-SmartGown_EDGE-The_future_is_wearable-Learn_more

or email them at Nicole.Piazza@cardinalhealth.com. You can also follow them on LinkedIn and Facebook!

For Healthcare Professionals Only.

 

This podcast represents independent evaluations and opinions of Dr. Dearani and other webcast participants.  The content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice nor does it represent the views and opinions of Cardinal Health. Cardinal Health makes no representations regarding the contents herein. 

Cloth Privacy Curtains vs Recyclable Privacy Curtains

This is episode 4 of our 12-Part Expert Series On-The-Go series, and we’re continuing the conversation with industry expert Karen Goelst, CEO and Founder of KleenEdge. With a 20-year background in architectural specialties and textiles, Karen became passionate about solving the issues surrounding privacy curtains following her 15-year-old son’s hospital stay with MRSA.

In this episode, discover the many advantages of using disposable, recyclable privacy curtains over using cloth curtains. 

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Expert Series On-the-Go presents perioperative insights from industry experts in a creative, easy to listen to, audio format. Think audio book meets busy Operating Room professional!

#FirstCase #Podcast #OperatingRoom #Surgery #ORExpert #perioperative

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