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Battle Post-op Pain Without Opioids - April 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 6 Staffing costs stand at the top of your facility's budget, and front and center in your mind. A surgi- cal facility won't run without nurses and techs, but there are always ways to schedule them more efficiently and economically. Here are a few ideas from our readers. — Compiled by David Bernard • Staffing savings. With a little planning, your facility can save money on staffing costs at the start of each day. Schedule the longest case of the day first, then arrange for the recovery nurse to start work about 15 minutes before the second patient is due to arrive. That way she's not standing idle for an hour or more while the first patient is in pre-op and the OR. (It also allows the first patient as much recovery time as is needed.) If your recovery nurse is also the pre-op nurse, you can also avoid down time by assign- ing the OR nurse to prepare the first patient for surgery. • Staggering strategy. If you've got a handful of cases scheduled intermittently throughout the day, it's likely you'll see your staff sitting in the lounge between assignments because they've got nothing to do. You can keep these wasted nursing hours off your balance sheet by stagger- ing your staff's arrival times. Divide them into teams, each one scheduled to start shortly before each case. That way each employee gets her 8 hours and you have complete coverage for the schedule, without overtime. Simple Staffing Solutions Innovative Ideas Ideas Work That

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