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OSE_1309_part3_Layout 1 9/6/13 12:21 PM Page 151 CUTTING REMARKS John D. Kelly IV, MD Secrets to Running 2 Rooms After 5 p.m. When my cases run late, I'II do anything to staff both my rooms. O nce you have 2 rooms, the saying goes, you'll never go back. For years, I've had the blessing of 2 ORs, which lets me complete my RUNNING 2 ROOMS Some surgeons will stop at nothing to keep both of their ORs open. cases by a reasonable hour (usually). But when my cases go past the witching hour of 5 p.m., I'm in danger of losing my second room. I'll do just about anything to make sure that doesn't happen. "We don't have the staff." I shudder when I hear these words. I'll miss dinner with my wife, get to bed late and even miss SportsCenter highlights. But after 5 p.m., either nursing or anesthesia may not have enough bodies to manage the second OR. If anesthesia is short-staffed, I ask the CRNA what his favorite liquor is and promise to deliver this within a week if my room can be staffed. He doesn't drink? I switch to Happy Meal coupons. If a nursing shortage is the problem, I approach any potentially available nurse and tell her that she's always been my favorite and that she's grossly underappreciated for all she does. If she'll stay "a little later" that day, I'll promise anything from candy to sports tickets. S E P T E M B E R 2013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E 1 5 1

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