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Manager's Guide to Surgery's Ambulatory Anesthesia - July 2015

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J U LY 2 0 1 5 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 6 3 patients' pain seemed most under control. Those are sure signs that a provider understands ambulatory efficiency. They're team players With the concept of the perioperative surgical home (see "A New Way to Manage Post-op Pain" on p. 7), the anesthesia community has grasped the idea that teamwork matters. Do your providers understand that their performance affects every other person on the team, that their role is no more and no less critical than that of every other player? Do they leave their egos at home? Here's an enlightening question to ask an anesthesia provider: In what way does the circulator or tech help you do your job better? (Also, how do you help them do their jobs better?) If he doesn't have an answer, he may not be looking beyond their own patient care silo. They help you stay on track Anesthesia providers have many ways to help ensure on-time starts and swift room turnovers. For example, regional blocks are best administered out- side the OR, before the team is ready to begin a case. Providers who vigilantly monitor anesthesia levels toward the end of a procedure can help patients mobi- lize faster. And the true team players don't think it's beneath them to lend nurses and techs a hand by wiping down tables, drawing up local anesthetics for the next case or transporting patents to the PACU. They educate your patients One aspect of outpatient surgery that's occasionally glossed over is that we're essentially handing off a share of the post-op care to patients and their family members, who don't know all the details of follow-up care and will need thorough education in order to assume the role of caregiver. That's why anything an anesthe- sia provider can do to confirm the accuracy of patients' self-reported medical histo- 4 4 4

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