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Helping Hand - July 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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to set up on-site OR integration simula- tions in a conference room. He invited his top 15 high-volume surgeons and any oth- ers with a particular interest in integration to try out the various types of monitors, routing options, audio recording and video- conferencing technol- ogy. The goal was to determine exactly what would be benefi- cial for their needs and what would likely be a waste, he says. He went with the lowest bid. That led to a 2-week delay in both of the ORs they were integrating. That was 4 weeks without any cases, a delay that wiped out any of the "savings" the vendor promised and wound up costing more. "You get what you pay for," says Mr. Smith. "You can't get a gold nugget out of a penny." If he had it to do over again, he would have found a creative way to stay within budget and still get the best results for his surgeons and 8 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 1 9 • CIRCULATOR CHAMPION Adding staff like circulators and surgical techs to the clinician champions involved in your integration will offer a unique perspective on your facility's needs.

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