First Case Podcast

First Case Podcast

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…

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Surgery can be a scary experience for anyone, especially children. Being in an unknown environment with so many strange faces mixed with the fear of needles, pain, or separation from parents can significantly increase a child’s anxiety, all before they even enter the operating room. Induction of anesthesia only increases that anxiety when we hold a child down, and force them to breathe anesthesia gases through a mask held tightly to their face. But, there are ways that we can make the operating room a less anxious place. Join us as we talk with Diane Miller, CRNA, and CEO of PEDIA, LLC., about the ways that decreasing anxiety in children before surgery can improve the entire surgical experience. We’ll discuss ways that OR staff can help reduce anxiety, we’ll cover special considerations for the pediatric population, and we’ll discuss the ways that play can improve the surgical experience for children. 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 #PediatricSurgery #Anxiety #Anesthesia #OperatingRoom #ORNurse #SurgicalTechnologist

Nov 22

37 min 3 sec

When it comes to adding space, a hospital has two options: move to a new building and renovate, which can completely disrupt staff operation, or use the current space and invest in a more space-efficient storage system. On this First Case Vendor Spotlight we talk with Ian Loper from DSI about an integrated, high-density storage system that can meet all the safe and efficient sterile storage and transportation needs of your facility. If you’re interested in an efficient healthcare storage system that will increase employee productivity, decrease the cost of labor, and increase bottom-line savings, you’re not going to want to miss this! Visit https://zurl.co/bKoD to learn more or e-mail iloper@DSIDirect.com. Follow Ian and the rest of the DSI team on LinkedIn. #VendorSpotlight #SterileStorage #SterileTransport #Sterilization #SterilityAssurance #DSI #EmployeeRetention #Safety #BlueWrap #SterileProcessing #FirstCase #OR #CS #MDR #SPS #Surgery #OperatingRoom #CaseCarts #NoTear #Shelving #EmployeeSafety #SupplyChain #AAMI

Nov 19

36 min 21 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series is written by, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN where he discusses the questions we need to ask ourselves when determining the amount of time that should be allocated for processing instruments. "Having a realistic unit of service for the SPD area will ensure that the resources that are necessary to support the efficient turnaround of surgical instrumentation for the operating room will be present and allow the operating room to run as efficiently as possible." ------- 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

Nov 15

4 min 11 sec

How does architecture influence plastic surgery? For pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. Sheryl Lewin, MD, her art and architecture background has influenced her ability to innovate and design the ear making-process for patients with microtia and atresia. Join us today as we discuss her unique work, learn about the special 3-D process she uses for creating implants, and hear how she’s changing the lives of children around the world! 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 #Microtia #Atresia #LewinEar #OperatingRoom #ORNurse #SurgicalTechnologist

Nov 8

42 min 4 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series is written by, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN where he discusses three factors that must be considered when determining how many anesthesia technicians are needed for a department. "By considering the needs of the many different patients that will be in your department each day, and by following recommended staffing guidelines, you’re setting your department and your techs up for success, and providing the appropriate numbers of staff to assist with patient care." ------- 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

Nov 1

4 min 6 sec

What is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)? What value can they add to surgical services? On today’s episode of First Case, we explore everything that a CNS does in the OR with Brenda G. Larkin, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CSSM, CNOR. We’ll learn more about this advanced nursing practice degree, what the CNS role looks like in the OR, and discuss the many different ways the CNS serves as an invaluable resource for the operating room. Ready to learn more? Let’s get going! 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 #ClinicalNurseSpecialist #OperatingRoom #ORNurse #SurgicalTechnologist

Oct 25

16 min 4 sec

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." ------- 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

Oct 18

3 min 33 sec

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

Oct 11

39 min 10 sec

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.  ------- 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  

Oct 4

4 min 23 sec

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

Oct 1

43 min 59 sec

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

Sep 27

43 min 2 sec

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

Sep 20

4 min 48 sec

How often do you hear about productivity in your department? How is that productivity determined? Or maybe, you’re just wondering, “What IS productivity?” If it seems confusing or mysterious, you’re not alone! We’re going to break it all down for you today as we interview our very own First Case co-host, Paul Wafer. With 40+ years of experience, Paul has a unique understanding of productivity and he is passionate about helping others improve. Join us as we learn about productivity and why it is important, and also as we discuss productivity standards and best practices. 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 #Productivity #BestPractice

Sep 13

34 min 36 sec

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 common leadership errors he has seen over decades of perioperative consulting: "I am still learning new things, and I carry the lessons I have learned throughout my career with me.  Circumstances will always vary, but let me share with you a few things that I have learned...." ------- 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      

Sep 6

5 min

How do supplies get to your OR? Who makes sure that the products you need end up on the shelf? The Materials Management department is a crucial part of every facility, and they play a vital role in ensuring that we have all of the supplies that we need. In today’s interview with Garry Skinner, president of GSC Consulting, Inc., we discuss best practices for communicating supply changes, the importance of building good relationships between the OR and materials management, and how both departments share the same focus: patient centered care. 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 #SupplyChain #PowerSupply #MaterialsManagement

Aug 30

37 min 20 sec

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 nailing your next pre-op interview: "Conducting a fantastic pre-op interview will come naturally with practice and repetition. By breaking it down into 12 different elements, you can develop a better understanding of the interview process, find it easier to remember what questions you’re supposed to ask, and hopefully remove any fear about getting the interview right......"  ------- 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

Aug 23

7 min 23 sec

Are your preference cards accurate? Can you depend on them if you’re working with an unfamiliar surgeon? We’re going to tackle the pref card issue on today’s episode of First Case! Joining us is Dan Pfister, President and Consultant at United Pathways, Inc. Tune in as he offers his insight into the benefits of a team approach to pref card management, and find out which department has a vested interest in keeping pref cards correct. You may be surprised to find out who it is! 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 #Surgery #OperatingRoom #PrefCardManagement

Aug 16

37 min 43 sec

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 reminds frontline healthcare workers of the critical importance of self-care: "In a year that’s been so demanding, and brought so many challenges, we have to take the time to refill our own tanks. We can’t just keep going, ignoring our own physical, mental, and spiritual health. We have to take the time to care for ourselves. Our health and well-being is important too....."  ------- 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

Aug 9

7 min 17 sec

How often do we hear complaints about instruments that aren’t working properly? When instruments are broken, we tag them for repair, but what happens to them after that? Instrument repair specialist Angelia Limberios, CST, CRCST, joins us on this episode of First Case to talk about that process. As an experienced surgical tech, Angelia brings a unique understanding of the OR into her role as an instrument repair specialist. Tune in as we discuss common issues and challenges with instrument repair, point of use cleaning, best practices, and much more! 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 #Surgery #OperatingRoom #InstrumentRepair

Aug 2

33 min 13 sec

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 provides encouragement for surviving the crazy days of OR orientation: "I know it’s overwhelming and there’s so much to take in. But don’t give up. It can take over a year before you truly feel comfortable in the OR. But with each passing day, your confidence will improve. And you’ll realize that even though orientation in the OR was hard and stressful at first, it was totally worth it...."  ------- 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  

Jul 26

6 min 58 sec

Surgical Technologists, or scrub techs, are an important part of the surgical team. Their education and training provide them with the skills necessary to safely provide care for the surgical patient and to assist surgeons during procedures. On this week's episode of First Case, we speak with Megan Mullinax, CST about her experiences working in the operating room. We’ll learn about the evolution of the scrub tech role, discuss the training necessary to become a surgical tech, and explore the (sometimes challenging) relationship between scrub techs and circulators. 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 #Podcast #Surgery #SurgicalTechnologist #ORNurse  

Jul 19

32 min 11 sec

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 discusses the real life importance of OR Time-Outs: "That realization hung heavy in the room. Everyone recognized the gravity of the situation and the seriousness of the error that had just been avoided. The circulator was nauseous from the thought of what could have happened, but the entire team breathed a collective sigh of relief as they quickly broke down the drapes and pulled new ones. ...." Tune in to hear why this topic isn't one that you can afford to ignore! ------- 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

Jul 12

7 min 37 sec

What is that tech doing over in the corner of the Operating Room on their computer? If you’ve ever wondered just what was going on, then you’re not alone. We work alongside neuromonitoring techs in many different cases, but may of us don’t know exactly what it is that they’re doing throughout the procedure. On this week's episode of First Case, we explore the interesting world of neuromonitoring with Jake Kidd, COO at The Phoenix. Listen in as he explains what neuromonitoring is, what training is required for the technicians, and the important role that neuromonitoring plays in surgical procedures. Ready to learn? Let's get going!   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 #Podcast #Surgery #ORNurse #Neuromonitoring #SurgicalTechnologist #Education #Networking 

Jul 5

35 min 45 sec

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 shares the 10 things she learned about real life in the Operating Room: "There was activity everywhere! It was this kind of controlled chaos that everyone was used to and everyone needed to get everything done so that the surgery could happen – all while Classic Rock played on Pandora in the background..." Tune in to hear about the blood, organs, and other OR-related bodily functions that accompany real life in surgery! ;) ------- 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

Jun 28

5 min 9 sec

A scrub nurse once said, “Give me a good rep, and I can scrub anything" -- describing the vital role that medical device reps play in the Operating Room.  On this week's episode of the First Case podcast, we sit down with  Christine Hoene, an experienced orthopedic representative passionate about her role in the OR. Reps who know their instruments and implants are a valuable resource to staff and surgeons, and their preparedness helps cases run more smoothly. Tune in to find out how these reps stay motivated, and the 3 things every rep should do to be successful!  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 #Podcast #Surgery #ORNurse #SalesRep #Orthopedics #SurgicalTechnologists #Education #Networking 

Jun 21

34 min 5 sec

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 shares the struggle and fear we all have with change in the Operating Room: "We have a tendency to become complacent when something has been done the same way for a long time.  Even though the environment in healthcare is changing rapidly, it can be difficult to realize how we must modify our practice to meet the challenge.  One of the best ways to confront and overcome fear is to be willing to take a fresh look at the data and information available to you on the particular topic. ..." ------- 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

Jun 14

3 min 10 sec

When you do a laparoscopic case, do you have all of the open instruments available on your back table? Do you spend precious time counting your open and laparoscopic instruments prior to every case? Is this practice still necessary? Find out what the experts think as we interview Marilyn Burns, RN, BS, CNOR, principal of MMBG Consulting and Director Portfolio Advisor-Surgical Services at Premier Inc. We’re going to address all of these questions, discuss the pros and cons of laparoscopic surgery, and dive into current practices on this week's episode of First Case! Enjoy the show and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below... #FirstCase #Podcast #Surgery #OperatingRoom #SurgicalTechnologist #ORNurse #GeneralSurgery #Laparoscopy

Jun 7

29 min 53 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series is written by, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN founder of Alpha Consulting Group, Inc. and Joahn Ginsberg, MBA where they tackle the topic of robotic conversions in your OR:  "Ultimately, when making a purchase or an upgrade make sure you have done a thorough cost analysis of your current program, include your surgeon’s case commitment, and leverage the company for training and marketing resources. Working alongside the company, armed with your own strategy and demands, can make for a seamless and successful technology upgrade..." ------- 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

May 31

4 min 50 sec

“Everyone please stop all activity for the time out.” How many times do you hear this sentence every single day? Do you actually stop? Do you actively participate in the time out? On this week's episode of the First Case podcast, we sat down with OR Circulator Brenna Page, MSN, RN, CNOR, CNAMB to discuss this fundamental of patient safety in the OR. The time out is our last chance to confirm that everything we are doing for our patient is what we’re supposed to be doing. Join us as we discuss what a proper timeout should look like, our experiences with the timeout process, and find out the key element needed for every successful timeout.   Love our show? You can subscribe on: Apple Podcasts - https://zcu.io/qnVu iHeart Radio - https://zcu.io/5qkg Spotify - https://zcu.io/JkqK Stitcher - https://zcu.io/j76G   #FirstCase #Podcast #OperatingRoom #OR #TimeOut #Education #BestPractice #Surgical

May 24

29 min 55 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series is written by, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN where he discusses the ins and outs of effective consignment inventory management: "One of the most expensive mistakes that an OR team can make is to mismanage this high dollar consignment inventory. In order to ensure that your hospital does not have to pay for product it did not use, here are a few critical steps that you should consider....." ------- 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

May 17

3 min 43 sec

What do the OR and the Cath Lab have in common? Should Perioperative Leadership have oversight of the Cath Lab? Do we train Cath Lab nurses and techs the same as OR staff? We’ll tackle all of these questions and many more on today’s episode of First Case, where we speak with Katie Roy, RN, MSN, CNOR, an experienced senior nurse leader of Perioperative Services and Cardiac and Interventional Vascular Labs in Arizona, California, and Hawaii. Hear how she uses her experience as an OR nurse to bring best practice to the Cath Lab and find out how following surgical standards is improving patient care in this setting.    Love our show? You can subscribe on: Apple Podcasts - https://zcu.io/qnVu iHeart Radio - https://zcu.io/5qkg Spotify - https://zcu.io/JkqK Stitcher - https://zcu.io/j76G #FirstCase #Podcast #OperatingRoom #OR #CathLab #Education #BestPractice #Surgical 

May 10

34 min 25 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series is written by, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN where he discusses the basic of Case Cart preparation for your surgical cases: "So yes, the best way to solve your preference list and case picking woes is to hardwire a simple process into your workflow and then cWhat is a procedure case cart? We work with them every single day. They are the raw materials that keep the engines of each Operating Room going at full speed. But when is the last time you have stopped to really consider the What, Where, Who, When, and Why’s of these rolling stainless steel live-savers? That is the topic we’ll cover in this week’s article....." ------- 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

May 3

6 min 57 sec

Can you imagine an operating room where nothing was disposable? Where drapes were made out of cloth, IV bottles were made out of glass, and where you powdered the surgeon’s gloves before sending them to be sterilized? On this episode of the First Case podcast, we sit down with Monica Weisbrich, BSN, RN, to discuss what the OR looked like in 1955 when she walked in as a new nurse. Tune in as she walks us through the evolution of surgery throughout her career and compare the OR that you know today with the one that she describes. Enjoy listening as she shares her many years of experience with us! For more information about the First Case podcast, visit us at: https://zcu.io/ZRfr #FirstCase #Podcast #OperatingRoom #Surgery #NewNurse #Experience #Career #Insight #Perspective #Nurse #ORNurse #Hospital

Apr 26

40 min 28 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series is written by, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN and Hank Balch, BS, MDiv where they tackle the topic of inaccurate preference lists: "So yes, the best way to solve your preference list and case picking woes is to hardwire a simple process into your workflow and then commit to follow it. But, in order for that to work, you must think about and address the implications for these changes -- be they cultural, technological, or just plain will power. We hope this short article gets you inspired to tackle that preference list project today!...." ------- 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

Apr 19

4 min 30 sec

Have you ever seen a case cart taped shut, with the words “NO STEALING!” written across the tape? Have you ever grabbed instruments or supplies that you needed off the nearest case cart? Or, have you ever been the one who’s instruments or supplies were taken? Pilfering supplies from the nearest case cart when we are in a hurry might be convenient, but it always leaves our coworkers in a bind, scrambling to find what they need for their cases. On this week's episode of the First Case podcast, we speak with Lizabeth Craig, RN, circulating nurse at Advent Health about her experience in the OR with case cart accuracy, production, and the dreaded pilfering. Listen in as she shares how she’s dealt with case carts throughout her career – the good, the bad, and the ugly! We hope you enjoy the show! For more information about the First Case podcast, visit us at: http://www.firstcasemedia.com #FirstCase #Podcast #OperatingRoom #Surgery #CaseCarts #Network #Education #Growth #Nurses #OR #RN

Apr 12

35 min 27 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series is written by, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN where he discusses challenges around efficient OR scheduling practices: "Block scheduling in the operating room has become a common practice at many hospitals across the country.  By providing surgeons with a regular block of time for performing elective surgery, it allows for better planning of time and utilization of resources for both the hospital and the surgeons utilizing this privilege.  When managed appropriately, block-scheduling can maximize the utilization of time and personnel within a department.  If not managed properly, block-scheduling can create inefficiencies and potentially lose business for a hospital...." ------- 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

Apr 5

6 min 25 sec

Robotic surgery has become the gold standard for many minimally invasive surgeries, but getting the technology set up in the operating room involves more than just buying a machine. Is our OR big enough? Do we have the right instruments and sterile supplies? What about sterile processing? These questions (and so many more!) must be answered before robotic surgeries can begin in any facility. Tune in this week as we talk to robotic expert Joahn Ginsburg, founder of Robotic Surgery Consult, about all of our questions surrounding robotic surgery and hear her suggestions for a successful purchase and set-up. Learn about the benefits to robotic surgery and get excited by all of the ways robots are helping to improve patient care. #FirstCase #OperatingRoom #OperatingRoomNurse #ORNurse #ORNurseLife #Surgery #SurgeryLife #SurgicalTechnologist #SurgicalTech #SurgTech #PeriOperativeNurse #PeriOperative #Circulator #CirculatingNurse #DaVinciRobot #RoboticSurgery

Mar 29

33 min 1 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series is written by, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN where he highlights five common reasons new OR staff leave your hospital: "With the average age of an Operating Room nurse now over 50 years old, there will be new nurses joining your organization in the future.  If you are having issues with staff turnover, chances are one or more of the 5 reasons above are in play.  With focused effort and a lot of patience, cultures can change and staffing can stabilize. We owe it to our new nurses to give them the best opportunity for them to succeed..." ------- 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

Mar 22

3 min 37 sec

OR manager & directors, when was the last time you wore scrubs at work? When was the last time you were physically present in the OR? Do your staff members know what you look like? Being a visible director in a busy OR is challenging, and can be difficult to manage alongside other leadership responsibilities. Finding balance in your level of engagement between staff, anesthesia, surgeons, and administration is truly a skill, and requires you to be intentional with your time. On today’s episode, find out how Karla Mossholder, BSN, RN, Director of Perioperative Services at Peace Health, has found this balance. Hear how she manages all of the demands on her time, how she maintains her presence in the OR, and what truly motivates her as a perioperative leader.  #FirstCase #OperatingRoom #OperatingRoomNurse #PeriOpertive #PeriOperativeNurse #Leadership #SurgicalTechnologist #SurgicalTech #Surgery #SurgeryLife #Circulator

Mar 14

32 min 18 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series features, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN discussing seven critical indicators for high performing Operating Rooms: "Blocks are meant for high volume surgeons who can fill a room.  It should be a “reward” for consistent utilization.  Blocks should be utilized at the 85% rate.  If physician blocks are consistently underutilized, they must be addressed.  In hospitals with low block utilization, we recommend a target in the 60-70% range and adjust it higher as compliance improves.  Physicians with low utilization must be addressed in an objective fashion.  Depending on their current utilization, they should either have their number of days reduced, or completely eliminated..."  ------- 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

Mar 8

5 min 14 sec

As the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the globe in 2020, our healthcare facilities faced a multitude of challenges. Inadequate amounts of PPE, a lack of Covid testing supplies, and ever-changing Covid policies were hurdles that had to be met and overcome as hospitals moved forward in the wake of the pandemic. Join us this week as we talk with Dr. Chris Turner, MD, anesthesiologist and Director of Perioperative Services at UW Health about his role in overseeing the Covid strategy at his facility, hear the lessons that they learned, and find out how they are using those lessons to impact their patient care in 2021. For more information on the First Case podcast visit us at: https://www.firstcasemedia.com/ For more OR content, follow us on: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FirstCasePodcast Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company/firstcase/ #FirstCase #OperatingRoom  #Surgery #SurgeryLife #Perioperative #OperatingRoomNurse #PerioperativeNurse #SurgicalTechnologist #SurgicalTech #Covid19 #Covid #Coronavirus

Mar 1

41 min 44 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series features, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN discussing common misconceptions around measuring & evaluating surgery turnover times: "While turnover time can provide some measure of  efficiency, it is important not to rely on this number alone to determine how well your surgery department is running.  In our consulting practice we have seen several examples of hospitals with average, or (better than average) turnover times with tremendous inefficiencies..." ------- 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 

Feb 22

6 min 6 sec

How clean is the air in your OR? Is the HEPA filter and the positive pressure of the room enough to protect your patient from contaminants in the air, or is there more to it than meets the eye? Join us in this eye-opening episode as we discuss infection prevention with air expert Dr. Linda D. Lee, public health practitioner and president of Linda D. Lee Healthcare Consultants. We’ll learn more about OR design, discuss the necessity of laminar flow (Is it really necessary?), and talk about the ways OR staff either hinder or help in our shared goal of preventing infections. #FirstCase #InfectionPrevention #OperatingRoom   #Surgery #SurgeryLife #Perioperative #OperatingRoomNurse #PerioperativeNurse #SurgicalTechnologist #SurgicalTech

Feb 15

40 min 35 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series features, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN and Hank Balch, BS, MDiv, CRCST, CIS, CER, CHL discussing the critical importance of SPD & OR teamwork: "Much of a facility’s blaming/shaming culture can be tracked back to certain individuals who see it as their mission in life to burn their counterparts.  These folks must be dealt with.  They must be confronted by their leaders and their peers with the expectation of teamwork and professionalism that is critical for your team’s success....." Hope you enjoy! Thanks for listening! ------- 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 

Feb 8

3 min 18 sec

"Where's my tray?" "How'd you break the scope?" "Why aren't you precleaning?" "Agh, they messed it up again!" If you’ve worked in the operating room for any amount of time, you know that the relationship between the OR and SPD can be strained. For two departments that so heavily depend upon each other, the relationship is oftentimes more of a blame game than one of cooperation, mutual respect, and positive feedback – from both sides. In this episode of First Case, join Paul, Jeremy, and Justin as they talk with Peter Nichol, MD, practicing pediatric surgeon at the University of Wisconsin and Chief Medical Officer at Beyond Clean about this critical issue. Tune in as we get a surgeon's perspective on Sterile Processing challenges that impact the OR, and discuss ways to start changing the relationship dynamic between the OR and SPD today. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and anywhere else podcasts are heard! Or you can listen directly from our website: http://www.firstcasemedia.com #FirstCase #PerioperativeNurse #Perioperative #Surgery #SurgeryLife #OperatingRoom #OperatingRoomNurse #SurgicalTechnologist #SurgTech #SurgicalTech #SPD #SterileProcessing #BeyondClean #Podcast Disclaimer of Endorsement: First Case Media does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise represented in the recording of this podcast.  The views and opinions of guests or advertisers expressed on or in the recording of this podcast does not necessarily state or reflect those of the First Case Media team.

Feb 1

33 min 55 sec

This week's episode of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series features, Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN discussing challenges in pre-operative preparation: "It is one of the great mysteries of life that some offices can have all of the information available days in advance, including the H&P, while others struggle getting it to you before the patient goes into the operating room.  We recommend that one of the requirements for having a first case of the day is that the H&P be on the chart at least the day prior to surgery.  How else can the RN and Anesthesia provider adequately assess the patient if that information is missing?  If a physician cannot get an H&P to the hospital prior to the day of surgery, that physician should not be able to schedule cases for the first case of the day...." Hope you enjoy! Thanks for listening! ------- 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 

Jan 25

3 min 55 sec

The operating room has a reputation for being a challenging place to work. While many of us enjoy this challenging, fast-paced environment, we know that everything isn’t always perfect. Unfortunately, disruptive behavior in the form of belittling, bullying, or hazing is a common occurrence. Join us on this week’s episode as we tackle this unhealthy, widespread issue with Michelle Lemmons, RN, BSN, PHN, clinical educator in the OR for Key Surgical. We’ll discuss the many forms that disruptive behavior takes in the OR and address the ways we can be empowered to create a positive change within our workplace. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and anywhere else podcasts are heard! Or you can listen directly from our website: http://www.firstcasemedia.com #FirstCase #PerioperativeNurse #Perioperative #Surgery #Operatingroom #OperatingRoomNurse #SurgicalTech #SurgeryLife #SurgTech #Bullying #DisruptiveBehavior #Podcast Disclaimer of Endorsement: First Case Media does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise represented in the recording of this podcast.  The views and opinions of guests or advertisers expressed on or in the recording of this podcast does not necessarily state or reflect those of the First Case Media team.

Jan 18

38 min 59 sec

This week's episode kicks off the initial release of the First Case "Articles On-The-Go" series, which presents perioperative insights from written articles in a creative, easy to listen, audio format. Think audio book, meets busy Operating Room professional!  Tune in this week as Paul Wafer, BS, MBA, RN discusses preoperative patient assessment and inefficiencies: "Every step in the process from the scheduling of the operation until the patient is admitted into the operating room has potential for inefficiency, unnecessary costs and errors.  This article will discuss some of these inefficiencies and potential methodologies for minimizing their impact..." Hope you enjoy! Thanks for listening! #FirstCase #Podcast #OperatingRoom #Surgery #ArticlesOnTheGo 

Jan 11

7 min 23 sec

Taking call and covering call schedules is a demanding task that requires a substantial amount of time and energy for everyone in perioperative services. Front-line staff know the struggle of working long hours on difficult call shifts, while management faces the struggle of working long hours on creating call schedules and finding adequate coverage. And while call is a necessary evil for most operating rooms, creating call schedules, ensuring call coverage, and finding a fair balance for staff doesn’t have to be so frustrating. On this episode of the First Case podcast, we talk all things call with James Nideffer, BSN, RN. James is the founder of ORCallStaff.com, a unique and helpful resource designed to assist hospitals in managing their OR call schedules. Tune in as we hear James discuss his experiences with covering call, both as a staff nurse and as a nurse manager. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of covering call, the challenges that we face when taking call, and learn about an exciting solution to the challenges of managing a call schedule. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and anywhere else podcasts are heard! Or you can listen directly from our website: http://www.firstcasemedia.com #FirstCase #Perioperative #PerioperativeNurse #Surgery #Operatingroom #OperatingRoomNurse #SurgicalTech #SurgeryLife #SurgTech #CallSchedule #JamesNideffer #Podcast Disclaimer of Endorsement: First Case Media does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise represented in the recording of this podcast.  The views and opinions of guests or advertisers expressed on or in the recording of this podcast does not necessarily state or reflect those of the First Case Media team.  

Jan 4

36 min 56 sec

Are you considering earning your CNOR? Do you feel anxious and a little overwhelmed at the thought of preparing for such an extensive test? If the answer is yes, then you are not alone! Nothing makes an O.R. nurse more uncomfortable than being unprepared, and one of the most helpful ways to prepare for the CNOR is with a CNOR review course. On today’s episode we’re talking about all things certification with Wendy Zander, RN, MSN/ED, CNOR, founder of Zander Perioperative Education. Wendy is an engaging and talented educator who has been successfully preparing nurses for the CNOR exam since 2004. Join us as Wendy shares how she created her review course, learn about the benefits of certification, hear the success stories of other nurses just like you, and get ready to prepare yourself for the CNOR. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and anywhere else podcasts are heard! Or you can listen directly from our website: http://www.firstcasemedia.com #FirstCase #Certification #CNOR #PerioperativeNurse #Surgery #SurgeryLife #OperatingRoom #OperatingRoomNurse #Podcast Disclaimer of Endorsement: First Case Media does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise represented in the recording of this podcast.  The views and opinions of guests or advertisers expressed on or in the recording of this podcast does not necessarily state or reflect those of the First Case Media team.

Dec 2020

30 min 26 sec