Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Hot Technology - April 2019

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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Always improving Electronic procedure card systems aren't foolproof. We noticed that inputting non-standardized procedure names resulted in incorrect supplies and instruments ending up in ORs. That issue drove us to move toward creating a standardized list of procedure names and change our procedural documentation to the standardized nomencla- ture. Using standardized procedure names is especially important if your procedure card program is part of an integrated medical record because the terminology you use will automatically populate in the patient's chart, the operative report and the surgeon's daily progress notes. We're also planning to link procedures in the system with their cor- responding CPT codes. That way a surgeon can schedule cases by searching for procedure-specific CPT codes and filling out an elec- tronic form, on which he can include his preferred dates and times and requests for special equipment. Working with electronic procedure cards has proven to be very ben- eficial for our team. The technology has made our supply manage- ment processes more efficient, updates are made more easily and staff throughout the health system are on the same page with respect to supply needs and requests. When it comes to providing top-notch surgical care, that's important. We also pride ourselves on being the regional leader in innovative practices and this technology keeps us ahead of the game. OSM 6 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 • A P R I L 2 0 1 9 Ms. Turner (joni.turner@nmhs.org) is clinical informatics coordinator and Mr. Jadlowski (jay.jadlowski@nmhs.org) is service executive of sur- gical services at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb.

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