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The Art of the IV Start - December 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 5 D E C E M B E R 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 IDEAS That Work H ow did we get our on-time start average to jump from 38% to 72% in just 3 months? With some friendly competition inspired by fantasy football. We first picked 2 high-performing staff members, an RN and surgical tech, and named them "quarterbacks." The quarterbacks confidentially picked team members for their teams by choosing one at a time from an employee roster. Each team also had a high-performing CRNA as a "safety." The competition lasted for 3 months. Every time a staff member was part of a case that started on time, her fantasy team earned 1 point. This motivated all staff to work together to start cases on time, every time. At the end of the season, the team with the most total points won a trophy and T-shirts. The staff had fun and the game worked. Our on-time starts increased by almost 30% between the start and end of the competition, and they're now hardwired at 85%. Faith LeBrun, RN, BSN, MBA, CAPA Lafayette (La.) General Health filebrun@lgmc.com FANTASY FOOTBALL Can a Little Competition Improve Your Start Times? WINNING TEAM The winners of Lafayette General Health's competi- tion to improve start times earned a trophy and t-shirts that read Surgery Superheroes, saving lives everyday! Faith LeBrun, RN, BSN, MBA, CAPA

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