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Creative Ways to Save Money in the OR - May 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 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 • M A Y 2 0 1 6 Download a sample form at outpatientsurgery.net/resources/forms L ike your surgeons, the ophthalmologists at our surgery center have very different sets of standing orders, which can be diffi- cult to remember. But by using a form I developed, we're able to keep everything straight. The individualized form, which we place in the front of each patient's chart and in a reference book we keep handy, makes it easy to see a wide swath of information: Does the doc use just 2 pre-op eye drops, or 4, or 5, or even 6? Does he send drops home with patients? Does he use pre-op medications like Xanax or Valium? What about eye patches? And how soon should the follow-up appointment be? It's all right there on the form. The form also lists both the generic and brand names of all the drops each surgeon uses, and includes a space for contraindications based on allergies. We update the forms every year or any time a physician makes changes. It works well and is something that can easily be adapted to a variety of specialists. Faith Decker, RNC CoxHealth Hospital The Book of Physician Preferences • PREFERENCE REF- ERENCE Physician pref- erences vary, but a sur- gery center's reference book makes them easy to track. Jeana Mattix, RN Springfield, Mo. faith.decker@coxhealth.com

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