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OR Excellence Awards 2016 - September 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Langton, DO, the hospital's chief of anesthesiology. "They're very attentive to each patient and always in communication with us for their needs." Ah, but Dr. Langton is being typically modest, says Beth Rackers, RN, CNOR, the clinical educator for surgical services at the hospital. The dozen anesthesiologists and CRNAs who take a personal interest in every patient are the ones who deserve most of the credit, she says. "They do a phenomenal job. When I think about how I'd want to feel in respect to pain after having surgery, I think about the anesthesia staff we have at Capital Region." The nurses? The anesthesia providers? The staff as a whole? Credit — and gratitude — should be given to everyone. What's propelled Capital Region to such impressive heights and earned the hospital this year's OR Excellence Award for Pain Management is teamwork. Teamwork makes winners, and the ultimate winners in this story are the patients who, even in the aftermath of major procedures, are likely to feel remarkably comfortable without having to worry about the undesirable — and potentially dangerous — side effects associated with opioids. 4 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 NOVEL TECHNIQUES Holistic Approach Boosts Satisfaction After incorporating what it calls holistic modalities to help manage post-surgical pain, the Ambulatory Surgery Center at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., saw its patient satisfaction scores rise from 78% to 88%. The center uses guided imagery, hand massage, holistic music therapy and mandala meditations (a therapeu- tic form of drawing) to alleviate anxiety and pain. The approach is based on the philosophy of patient empowerment and the center's data shows statistically significant results in reducing post-op pain. Awards Issue

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