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The OHIO Rule in the OR Imagine surgical flow with fewer instrument exchanges. D o cases take so long that the circulator keeps a diary? Does the turnover time allow for naps? If so, you need to send your surgeons and staff to OHIO, which stands for Only Handle It Once. Noted psy- chiatrist Edward Hallowell, MD, popularized this time-saving principle in a Harvard Business Review article, "Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform" (osmag.net/rhgsr9). Act on it, file it or throw it away Think of ways you can apply the OHIO principle to both work and home. When you encounter an object or matter that requires action, handle the object only once until the task is completed — right then and there, without delay. For example, at home, when picking up your mail from the mailbox, sort out the junk mail and dispose of it outside your house into the trash once and for all. Don't sift through the envelopes only to put them down and revisit them again. Your aim is to handle the junk once so it won't require further action. When open- ing the mail, don't open envelopes and place them aside only to get to them later. Once you open the letter, do 1 of 3 things: act on it, file it or throw it away. No piles — they grow like weeds. Shuffling less paper will save you hours over the course of a month (you'll also pay your bills on time!). 1 6 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 • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 Cutting Remarks John D. Kelly IV, MD Only Handle It Once

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