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Don’t make me turn this Operating Room Around!

Don’t make me turn this Operating Room Around!

  Yes, I have actually said this. I did so in a kidding manner, but when I did, I truly felt it. I am sure that there are times where you may have felt this way as well.  It may be due to staff needing […]

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

  We have all heard it before: The key to effective management is delegation. But, if you are like me, sometimes it’s hard to let go. What if the ball gets dropped? The problem is that either can’t get it all done well, or worse, we trust […]

Starting Cases on time: Don’t let the pans soak…

Starting Cases on time: Don’t let the pans soak…

      We can’t always get the surgeon there on time, but we can take steps to make sure we are ready when they get there.  Here are a few tips that may help all that dirty work seem a little easier and off […]

Preventing those High Noon Standoffs-making sure our policies work

Preventing those High Noon Standoffs-making sure our policies work

  We know that a facility’s policies are considered the “laws” of the center. Not completely unlike the days of the Wild West, they provide a framework for the orderly operations of the facility, instead of what can feel like a battle at sundown with […]

The adventures of running a Surgery Center

The adventures of running a Surgery Center

  It takes a certain kind of person to manage a surgery center. We have to be smart. We have to be great at multi-tasking, have a significant backbone and thick skin, super organized, and do it all with a smile. Some days are easier […]

Safety Data Sheets….who is keeping up the book, what needs to be included, and what happened to the “M”??

Safety Data Sheets….who is keeping up the book, what needs to be included, and what happened to the “M”??

  We have always called it the MSDS book.  It typically lives somewhere in the facility where all can reference it, right? Did you know the “M” went away? Yup.  No more MSDS.  I guess we can call it the “SDS” book, or the Safety […]

The festering task list…

The festering task list…

  Doesn’t it feel like some days, it’s all about checking off the task list? That some things just get moved to the new list and don’t get done? Doesn’t that list seem overwhelming? Ugly even? It does to me. I know the list is […]

Difficult Surgeons?  Oh My.

Difficult Surgeons? Oh My.

Have you ever had an OR  staffer come to you and say… I can’t work with (him/her)!   I have.  And, in all honesty, I wasn’t surprised.  The surgeon to which the staffer was assigned, was, well….difficult.