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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Anesthesia - July 2018

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J U L Y 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 3 I f it's always rush hour in your recovery room, stretchers stacked and packed in every bay, the backup sometimes so bad that you have to hold post-op patients in the OR until a spot opens up, then you suffer from delayed PACU discharge. I've seen patients stuck in PACU gridlock for 2 hours or more (I'd hate to see those satisfaction surveys!). And I've seen surgeons breeze through their first few cases of the day, only to see their operating room become a makeshift recovery room when the PACU is full. "OR holds" delay the start of every case thereafter and frustrate not only • TRAFFIC JAM A crowded, congested recovery room will delay patient discharge. On the Fast Track 6 keys to shorter stays in the recovery room. Andi N. Rice, DNP, CRNA | Greenville, S.C.

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