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

Humanity + Technology: Coming Together to Optimize Patient Care

Does augmented intelligence (AI) have a place in the operating room? Can AI help deliver patient services and improve the delivery of healthcare? We’re asking these questions and more on today’s episode of First Case as we talk to Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, Member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. We’ll discuss the challenges associated with using AI, the regulatory pathways including FDA regulations, and we’ll discuss the questions that we as consumers should be asking before adopting new technologies. Stay tuned to learn more!

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 #AugmentedIntelligence #VirtualReality #Anesthesia #CRNA #Technology #ORNurse #Surgeon #SurgicalTechnologist #Perioperative

Surviving the Joint Commission: 4 Helpful Tips

This week’s episode of the First Case “Articles On-The-Go” series is written by Melanie Perry, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM. In it she discusses her experience with a Joint Commission survey, and shares 4 helpful tips to decrease any anxiety you may have about speaking with a surveyor. 

Tune in to hear Melanie’s advice and increase your confidence when answering questions during a survey!

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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 #TheJointCommission

Tiny But Mighty: The Safe Care and Handling of Micro Instruments

It’s very hard to tell that a micro instrument is damaged, until it’s seen underneath a microscope – then the damage is immediately obvious. Micro instruments require special care and handling to protect them and to prevent damage. On today’s episode, we’re talking all things micro with Terry Harrell, Director of Sales at Synovis Micro Companies Alliance. Tune in as Terry shares what the OR needs to know about micro instruments, how OR and SPD staff should handle them, and what happens when they get damaged. 

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 #MicroInstruments #ORNurse #Surgeon #SurgicalTechnologist #Perioperative

Do Unto Others: Giving the Gift of Surgery

What’s it like for patients around the world who need surgery? What access do they have to medical care? Joining us today is Dr. Michael Redler, MD, an orthopedic surgeon on the Physician Leadership Board of One World Surgery. He has been involved with medical missions for many years, and he’s sharing his experiences with us today! Tune in as we discuss how medical missions benefits underserved communities, how it changes the lives of patients and their families, and how it can change the lives of those who serve as well.

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 #MedicalMissions #ORNurse #Surgeon #SurgicalTechnologist #Perioperative

The Elusive Consistency of Perioperative Productivity

This week’s episode of the First Case “Articles On-The-Go” series is written by Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN. In it he discusses the different factors that affect productivity in the operating room. 

“One of the greatest challenges to matching productivity standards and achieving a benchmark is ensuring that you are including and excluding similar roles within the department.”

Tune in to learn more about productivity and find out what questions you must consider before determining the productivity standard for your perioperative area. 

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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 #Consistency

It’ll All Come Out in the Wash: Decontaminating the Relationship Between OR and SPD

There’s generally a transactional relationship between the OR and SPD. The SPD gives, and the OR takes. And that relationship is usually hindered with break downs in communication and a lack of respect – from both sides of the autoclave. We’re discussing ways to improve that relationship today with Brian Dolan, MHSA, CMRP, CRCST, CHVAP, LSSGB, VP of Resource Management at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, DE. Tune in as Brian discusses the different challenges that OR staff and SPD staff face, the ways our systems promote poor communication, and the importance of empathy, respect, and good relationships.

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 #SterileProcessing #Relationships #Perioperative

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