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2 9 A U G U S T 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 Eugene Murphy, MD STAFFING The Case for Surgical First Assistants 5 good reasons to partner with these physician extenders. S urgical first assistants (SFAs) set up my instruments, communi- cate my needs to the surgical team and anticipate my every move during procedures, which lets me focus more of my attention on the intrica- cies of surgery. With an SFA by my side providing advanced, hands-on support, I'm able to reduce my proce- dure time and increase my procedure volume. My out- comes are better, too. Here are 5 key benefits to working with SFAs. Greater efficiency Clearly your surgeons and staff can successfully perform the procedures you host. But are they performing them as efficiently as possible? I'm a busy general and vascular surgeon who operates in hospitals and surgery centers in St. Petersburg, Fla. I need to perform efficient surgeries to keep up with my high-volume caseload. SFAs who are familiar with how I work and what I need help me perform up to 17 cases a day and nearly 1,000 procedures a year. They anticipate the next step in procedures and have needed equipment primed and 1 SURGEON'S SIDEKICK Eugene Murphy, MD, works alongside Cynthia Y. Gourley, PA-C, regional clinical supervisor at Intralign.

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