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

The Truth About Bad Behavior in the OR

This week’s episode of the First Case “Articles On-The-Go” series is written by Melanie Perry, RN, BSN, CNOR co-host of the First Case podcast and founder of The Circulating Life where she outlines the keys to changing the culture within the OR: ” Bad behavior in the OR isn’t going to change overnight. We need zero-tolerance policies that are enforced, regardless of who the aggressor is. We need clear ways to make our voices heard and direct lines of communication when we need to escalate an issue. We need people in leadership who will listen and act. But, we need more than that….. We have to be part of the solution as well. Every single one of us needs to take responsibility for our own behavior, and we need to show kindness and compassion to everyone we work with, regardless of job title or position.”

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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

Perioperative Nursing Electives: Bringing the OR Back to Nursing Schools

How many times has it been said, “New grads need to work in Med-Surg prior to working in the OR.”? While most nursing schools focus on Med-Surg during clinicals, there are many students who really feel called to the operating room. Sending them to Med-Surge first for “experience” doesn’t give them specific OR experience, and delays their entry into the OR. Tune in as we discuss this issue today with Lindsey Joyce, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR, CVOR nurse and coordinator for the Perioperative Nursing Elective at Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO. Hear how Lindsey developed a perioperative nursing elective for her school of nursing, how it’s benefitting new grads who want to work in surgery, and how ORs across the country have benefitted from this program as well. You don’t want to miss this episode! 

 

Love our show? Now you can download our BRAND NEW 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

#FirstCase #OperatingRoom #Surgery #NewGrad #NursingSchool

Case Cart Best Practices and Common Errors to Avoid

This week’s episode of the First Case “Articles On-The-Go” series is written by Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN co-host of the First Case podcast and founder of Alpha Consulting Group, Inc. where he talks about best practices for case carts by looking at who, how, and when a case cart should be picked for a case. He’ll also discuss common errors, and explain how these errors negatively affect the department. 

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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

 

Patient Positioning Without The Pain: Evolving Patient Positioning For Both Patients and Staff

Every day, we push, pull, lift, and strain to position our patients for their procedures. We routinely tuck arms with draw sheets to allow practitioners closer access to the surgical field, but the products and the methods we use to pad and protect our patients don’t always provide the protection we would like them to. On this exciting Vendor Spotlight, we speak with David Gomez, CRNA and CEO, CTO of Infinitus Medical Technologies, LLC., about the many ways his company is evolving patient positioning for everyone in the OR.

Their positioning solutions are designed to facilitate highly reliable workflow processes for staff needed to reduce ergonomic effort and positioning variability. His products have led to improved efficiency and performance, while serving to reduce common workarounds that impact positioning efficacy and safety. Tune in to learn more about the different positioning systems Infinitus Medical Technologies offers, and learn how they can benefit both your patients and your staff. Learn more by visiting the Infinitus Medical Technologies, LLC website, contacting them via e-mail, and look for educational information and ask questions directly on LinkedIn and Facebook. #PatientPositioning #PatientSafety #Surgery #OperatingRoom #FirstCase #VendorSpotlight

Heave NO!: Patient Positioning Without the Pushing and Pulling

Tape, gel rolls, foam, and a whole lot of pushing and pulling usually go into positioning our patients for surgery. Silk tape is our best friend! But, are we positioning patients the safest way for their procedure, and do our current positioning practices help prevent injury? On today’s episode of First Case, we’re going to explore the world of patient positioning with David Gomez, CRNA and CEO, CTO of Infinitus Medical Technologies, LLC. We’ll discuss our current practices, statistics on patient injuries, and even learn how the heavy lifting of positioning patients is injuring our own employees.

Love our show? Now you can download our BRAND NEW 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

#Surgery #OperatingRoom #PatientPositioning #EmployeeInjury #PatientSafety

When It’s Just Been One of Those Days

We’ve all had rough days in the operating room. Days where it seems nothing is going right, everyone’s angry, and there’s not enough staff to cover every shift. But it isn’t always that way. In this article written by First Case co-host, Melanie Perry, tune in to the ways we can use the good experiences to help balance out the bad ones. Knowing that we’re making a difference in the lives of each and every patient that rolls into the OR helps us remember why we do what we do.

At First Case, we know your job is difficult and challenging at times, but keep up the great work – you ARE making a difference! 

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

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