Tag: OR

Six things I would love to tell my patients…..

Six things I would love to tell my patients…..

Interacting with patients and their families can be very rewarding. Most are kind, grateful for the care we provide, and responsive to our instructions. Effectively communicating with patients can sometimes be challenging, and patients may say and do things that add to these challenges. Here are six […]

Hospital transfers and the new Medicare rules…

Hospital transfers and the new Medicare rules…

When we have to facilitate a hospital transfer, we have to shift into high gear.  Not only do we have to ensure a safe and smooth patient transition, we have to re-route other facility operations as we shift focus, all while being concerned for our […]

The day I met Jeff Foxworthy by my surgery center

The day I met Jeff Foxworthy by my surgery center

A couple of years ago, I was getting ready for a busy day at my surgery center.  I got up showered, dressed, ran out the door got to work, and got in my scrubs.  It was one of those early mornings that taking the extra […]

Check your dance moves…

Check your dance moves…

I once had a conversation with a surgeon about his frustration with a hospital due to  slow turnover.  He lamented that, at worst, it could be an hour or more.  He shared that their process included a turnover team that came in for both the […]

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 […]