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What Will the OR of the Future Look Like? - July 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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8 3 J U LY 2 0 1 4 | O U T P AT 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 A child falls from playground equipment, a high school athlete collides on the field, a homeowner loses his bal- ance on a ladder. These incidents can result in broken bones, and when they do, the first impulse is to head for the local hospital's emergency department. But our surgery center has discovered an opportunity to serve our community by offering immediate care for fractures, and other orthopedic trauma cases, with outpatient efficiency. Expertly equipped Adding an urgent care service to diagnose and treat fractures and other acute orthopedic injuries on an outpatient basis was a natural extension of what we do. Our 4-OR orthopedics and pain manage- ment ASC specializes in sports medicine and pediatrics. We host pro- cedures ranging from hand and wrist to foot and ankle, and from total joint to spine. Many of our board-certified specialists serve as team physicians for local youth athletic groups, making them trusted members of the community. In addition, we are equipped and ready for the task at hand. Any sur- gical facility that has outfitted its ORs for intraoperative fluoroscopic imaging already has the required technology for diagnosing and treat- ing fractures. A C-arm (we have one) for imaging large sites, like the spine, and a mini C-arm (we have two) for extremity imaging, plus radiolucent OR tables, and you're set. Acute orthopedic injuries don't require much more in the way of technology than that. We regularly consult with an off-site radiologist, but since CMS has done away with the requirement that ASCs retain radiologists on their medical staffs, our radiology techs operate the imaging equipment and our surgeons are qualified to read the results. O R T H O P E D I C S OSE_1407_part2_Layout 1 7/3/14 8:49 AM Page 83

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