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How Safe Are Your Patients? - June 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 6 T here's a lot to do in and around the OR between cases. In an effort to improve the efficiency of our room turnovers, and to bring their monthly average times down, we implemented a "parallel process" at our director's recommendation. Every surgical team member was assigned specific, standardized tasks to carry out simultaneously, based on their availability and location. Even some staff outside of the OR were recruited to our goal of achieving less- than-30-minute turnovers. Think of it this way: You'll get more done in a shorter time if every- one's working on a piece of the process, than if everyone's waiting for someone else to finish a job so they can start theirs. In a linear process, for example, the staff cleaning up the room also have to take the cart to the decontamination room and pull supplies. In a parallel Tune Up Your Turnovers With a Parallel Process • TURNOVER TASKS Everyone should be preparing for the next case at the same time. Harris Health System Ideas Work That

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