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

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2 2 • 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 Surgery is a machine with many moving parts. It's also a process driven by human habits (your sur- geons' preferences, for example) and prone to human inexactness (like your storage room). Here are a few helpful hints for keeping the parts and the process running smoothly. — Compiled by David Bernard • Place for everything. Wouldn't it be convenient if the equipment you were looking for could always be found in the same place when you needed it? Try organ- izing your storage room like a parking garage, with access aisles and reserved parking spots, then mark the space with tape and signs indicating which items go where. When equipment is returned to its designated spot, it'll be right there when the next user seeks it out. • Draw the line. Once you've rolled the equipment into the OR, tape can also remind you exactly how your docs want it set up and save them the hassle of repositioning it before they begin. Colored tape on the floor — a different color for each surgeon — demar- cates where the microscope, foot pedal and other devices should go for each one's cases, and tape marks on a metal yardstick indicates their preferred stretcher height. The Right Thing in the Right Place Innovative Ideas

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