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OPERATING ROOM: How to improve first case on-time starts

With only about half of the first surgeries of each day starting on time in 2011, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH) decided there was room for improvement.  This article describes the Kaizen Rapid Process Improvement Workshop that was held.  After going through the RPIW process,on-time starts for the first cases improved to over 80 percent.  The most effective changes were found to be:

  • Gathering more information in phone calls to patients the day before surgery
  • Have the circulating nurse see the patient before setting up the OR
  • Eliminating routine calls by the anesthesia staff to see if the room is ready

Source: First case on-time starts soar after rapid process improvement training.  OR Manager;30(2):1, 9-11, Feb. 2014.  Click here for access to publisher’s website: http://www.ormanager.com/2014/02/  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org



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