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OPERATING ROOM IDEAS: Sequestration of bariatric cases

Ways that hospitals are analyzing operational and financial data related to the surgical suite are explored in this article.  One hospital discovered, as part of an analysis of turnover times, that bariatric surgery cases were associated with longer turnover times.  The hospital then experimented with grouping all bariatric cases into dedicated ORs — “a three-room wing of its own in the OR.”  This sequestration of bariatric cases caused an 8-minute improvement in turnover times for other cases.  Because support staff were now also dedicated to the bariatric service line, they were also able to decrease turnover times.  Another case described is of a hospital that found an effective way to communicate the results of data analysis in order to reduce costs associated with physician preference items.

Source: Rempfer, D. (2015, June). Using perioperative analytics to optimize OR performance. HFM. Healthcare Financial Management, 69(6), 82-85. Retrieved from http://www.hfma.org/Content.aspx?id=31004    Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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