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

A Tip of the (Red) Hat: Exploring the Benefits of Strong Vendor Relationships

How can the OR and SPD benefit from strong vendor relationships? How can our current vendor management process be improved? We’re talking all things vendor management on today’s episode of First Case with Jeff Wertz, Chief Commercial Officer at Sergio Health. Tune in as we discuss the current state of frustration from the OR/SPD perspective, but also from the perspective of the vendor. Learn how proper vendor management can affect quality metrics and find out what data we should be collecting and measuring to improve our operating rooms.

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 #podcast #vendormanagement #vendor #medicaldevicerep

Help for Surgical Professionals: Discover the Key to OR Education, Training, & Productivity

It’s no secret that onboarding new staff is a very resource-intensive process. Traditionally, new hires are at the mercy of their trainer’s experience and competency level, and it can be challenging to ensure that every new surgical resident, surgical technician or OR circulator is receiving a thorough orientation. We need to be able to train our new employees consistently, thoroughly, and effectively – but how?  

In this First Case Vendor Spotlight, join us in discovering Incision Academy and Incision Assist – two technologies that can improve the resource efficiency of onboarding all surgical personnel. Tune in as we explore the platforms that were built BY healthcare professionals FOR healthcare professionals. With over 600 courses, Incision Academy covers everything from safety, to procedures, to devices and skills. Their high-quality videos with 3D inlays and animations are laid out in a step-by-step, easy to follow format, and all are mapped to ASA and AST core curriculum. Incision Academy supports innovative online training and can be complemented with on-the-job support through Incision Assist. Incision Assist contains all preference cards and information needed to be optimally prepared for a day in the OR. Everyone on the team can maintain and update cards, which means that communication across the surgical team will be improved. Let Incision help you improve your education, training, and productivity – tune in to learn how!  

You can learn more by visiting www.incision.care. You can also follow Incision on LinkedIn and Facebook.  

#operatingroom #surgery #technology #Incision #communication #education #learning

Before You Go… Celebrating the Success, Influence, & Retirement of Paul Wafer

In this special Bonus Episode, we talk to our very own Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN. Paul’s 45 year career has spanned every position in healthcare, from orderly, to OR nurse, to CEO, and entrepreneur. Join us as we celebrate his contributions to the operating room, reflect on the mentors who shaped him throughout his career, and listen as he shares valuable lessons that he learned along the way. While he may be retiring, and stepping down from his role as co-host of the podcast, he will always be a part of our team at First Case. Happy Retirement, Paul!

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 #podcast #mentor #retirement #ORNurse

How to Help Experienced Nurses Succeed in the OR

In this week’s episode of the First Case “Articles On-The-Go” series, written by Lindsey Joyce, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR, she shares 5 tips to help new-to-the-OR, experienced nurses succeed in the operating room.  

“Whatever the reason [the nurse came to the OR], we want to ensure they have a successful transition from their previous specialty to the peri-operative specialty.”

—- 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!

#operatingroom #surgery #perioperative #AOTG

Perioperative Balance

In this week’s episode of the First Case “Articles On-The-Go” series, written by Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN, he discusses the many changes he has seen since 1977, and what he has learned in the process. 

“So, this brings me back to the patient.  We get so wrapped up in meeting performance targets that the patient becomes an afterthought.  We have to strive for balance in achieving realistic goals with personalized care.  Because, after all, our patients are our primary focus, and the reason that we are in the operating room.”

—- 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!

#operatingroom #surgery #perioperative #AOTG

How to Help New Grads Succeed in the OR

In this week’s episode of the First Case “Articles On-The-Go” series, written by Lindsey Joyce, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR, she shares insight into how we can help new grads find success in the Operating Room. 

“New grads in the OR will be one of the answers to the nursing shortage that’s plaguing many institutions across the country. It’s up to us to help them succeed so they want to stay in the OR for their nursing profession.”

—- 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!

#operatingroom #newgrad #surgery #perioperative

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