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Would You Operate On This Patient? - October 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 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 | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 T ime is money in the OR. Here are a few ideas to keep your sched- ule moving along at a brisk pace. — Compiled by David Bernard 1. IN THE BAG. You can get pre-op bays and patients set up a lot faster if you're able to put your hands on all the linens you need at a moment's notice, instead of picking and pulling each item on the list every time you need it. During downtime before the day begins or after the sched- ule's been completed, fold bed sheets, blankets, gowns and hats into patient belonging bags. Stock a bunch in the cabi- net when your laundry service delivers, and nurses will be able to easily grab one when readying for the next patient. 2. DILATE FOR THE DRIVE. It can take longer to dilate patients for eye surgery than the case itself. Let patients start the process at home on the day of sur- gery. Set them up with the drops at their pre-surgical visit and ask them to self- administer before their escort drives them in. They'll arrive fully dilated. 3. BEDSIDE CHECK-IN. Shave a few min- utes off your admissions and improve your first- case on- time starts by registering your patients at bedside. As soon as they arrive at your cen- ter, give them their wristband and take INNOVATIVE IDEAS Mind Your Minutes in the OR I D E A S T H A T W O R K

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