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OPERATING ROOMS: Swim lanes aid turnover in OR

How to improve turnover time in operating rooms is discussed in this short article written by consultants at Surgical Directions.  One suggestion is to establish “swim lanes” – or specific, dedicated sets of tasks to be completed by individual team members in the surgical suite during the turnover process.  Other strategies include stacking up processes, or performing processes in parallel, that are now being done sequentially.  Some tasks can be started earlier, too.  Rethinking the role of the circulating nurse by reassigning responsibilities for transporting patients into and out of the operating room is also worthwhile.

Source: Redefining staff roles and responsibilities can help reduce turnover time. (2015, Mar.). OR Manager, 31(3), 22-24. Retrieved from http://www.ormanager.com/redefining-staff-roles-and-responsibilities-can-help-reduce-turnover-time/ Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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