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

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6 6 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E J U LY 2 0 1 5 A note on input from contract staffers: A bit of diplomacy will be required. You could see pushback when "You shouldn't do it that way" meets "This is how we've always done it." Make sure your anesthesia providers are able to be collaborative, not dogmatic, since you can't unilaterally change practices that affect everybody. Involve the entire team in a discussion of the changes they suggest, as well as alternative solutions, before you consider implement- ing them. As members of a team, we all have a common goal: to achieve out- standing patient care, efficiency and cost effectiveness. The beauty of a team- work approach is that everyone brings a different perspective. They bring acompetitive edge Anesthesia providers don't always recognize all the benefits they can bring to your facility and your patient care. In a competitive healthcare econo- my, though, a reminder that you're aiming for efficiency, value, and patients who are pain-free and back to their daily lives in days can encourage your providers to be invaluable team members and help get you the results you're looking for. OSM 4 Dr. Frederick (pfreder1@maine.rr.com) is the director of anesthesia services at the Plastic Surgery Center in Portland, Maine. T

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