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OR Excellence Awards 2016 - September 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Start Every First Case of the Day On Time A punctual start to the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. N othing gets your day off on the wrong foot like failing to start the first case on time. Even a delay of 15 minutes can throw your schedule off track, frustrating patients as well as the entire OR team. If you're struggling to start the surgical day on sched- ule, follow these 3 steps to improve your rate of on-time first-case starts. Define "on-time start" There are many different ways to measure an on-time start: wheels-in time, induction time or cut time. Your staff and surgeons must work off a standardized definition of on-time starts so you can identify the issues that are causing delays and zero in on solutions. We define an on-time start as wheeling the patients into the OR on or 1 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 • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 Staffing Richard Fleeger, MSN, RN, CSSM, and Kimberly Valentine, MSN, RN • RIGHT ON TIME Every facet of your facility benefits when the day's first cases start on time.

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