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A PreOp Nurse’s Guide to Ejection Fraction and CHF- Part 1

Disclaimer: I LOVE cardiac physiology. I spent the first decade of my career doing hearts almost every day at the New England Deaconess Hospital. Lots of liver transplants too. With my engineering mindset, cardiac physiology just clicked. However, there are a lot of nurses (and doctors too!) who really don’t understand cardiac... read more »

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Utilization of Online Patient Registration and Pre-admissions for Ambulatory Surgery

Over the 20 years that I have run One Medical Passport, probably the most frequent question that I get asked from ambulatory surgery centers that are considering an online pre-admissions system is: “What percentage of my patients can I expect to use the system?” read more »

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An Ambulatory Surgery Center PreOp Nurse’s Guide To Cardiac Testing – Part 3 Nuclear Medicine Stress Test

This is blog 3 of 3 explaining the most common types of cardiac testing encountered when doing preop evaluations of patients at ambulatory surgery centers. I’ve already talked about two of the best cardiac tests: EKG and ECHO. read more »

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An Ambulatory Surgery Center PreOp Nurse’s Guide To Cardiac Testing – Part 2 The Echocardiogram

This is blog 2 of 3 that explains the ins and outs of pre-admissions cardiac testing from my perspective. As an anesthesiologist, with over 30 years of experience, I’ve done everything from open heart and liver transplant to fast-paced ASCs and pain management. My goal is to provide a common-sense explanation that helps ASC preop nurses... read more »

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An Ambulatory Surgery Center PreOp Nurse’s Guide to Cardiac Testing - Part 1 EKG

20 years ago, most ASCs typically cared for ASA 1 and 2 patients: young, relatively healthy patients having simple, relatively non-invasive surgery. Fast forward to 2019 - as advances in anesthesia techniques, surgical techniques, and an overall better understanding of minimizing risk for ambulatory surgical patients has evolved, most... read more »

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Case Study: Texas Health Orthopedic Surgery Center Utilizes Solution to Boost Patient Engagement

Texas Health Orthopedic Surgery Center was spending over 2 hours a day on lengthy phone calls to remind patients of their appointments and explain pre-op instructions. The Director of Nursing, Kristi Baldwin, felt this process was too time consuming, and wanted a solution that would be more cost-effective and simple. read more »

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