Articles  |   October 2013
7 Ways to Scrub Inefficiency From the O.R.
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Articles   |   October 2013
7 Ways to Scrub Inefficiency From the O.R.
ASA Monitor 10 2013, Vol.77, 36-37.
ASA Monitor 10 2013, Vol.77, 36-37.
Since the O.R. is responsible for as much as 60 percent of hospital revenues, canceled or delayed procedures can deal a blow to a hospital’s bottom line, as well as dramatically decrease patient satisfaction. Being able to reduce turnover time and increase efficiency in the O.R. means that not only are hospitals able to maximize surgical time, but patients are able to have a streamlined, satisfying experience. Efficiency begins with the “traffic cops” of the O.R. – the anesthesia department. Here are seven ways the anesthesia department can champion scrubbing inefficiency from the O.R.
Ultimately, communication is the common thread that runs through each of these tips to improve efficiency in the anesthesia department and beyond. While anesthesiology departments in and of themselves can run efficiently, it means nothing if the rest of the surgical team isn’t able to benefit. By communicating procedures to the staff, surgeons and patients, anesthesiologists can play a key role in ensuring patient satisfaction in and out of the O.R., as well as contributing to the hospital’s bottom line.
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