5 Ways to Reduce Wasted Time in an Anesthesia Department

In most operating rooms, time and cost are the most important aspects, since they determine the revenue generation. Sometimes, the loss doesn’t get created by the staff or surgery team, but by the patient. By creating a conducive working atmosphere and following the below tips, the anesthesiology department can reduce turnover while increasing anesthetic care.

 

1. Eliminating unnecessary Pre-operative Testing

 

Many doctors always recommended the old methods of pre-operative testing to all patients, regardless of their condition. Patients who are healthy and only require minor surgery such as of the leg do not require pre-operative testing as to those who have diabetes or other recurring illnesses. Such testing to healthy personnel may cause false positives that may delay the anesthetic procedure. Anesthesiologists and physicians need to create a good plan that considers the patients’ medical history to avoid unnecessary testing. This plan reduces time and builds customer satisfaction.

 

2. Preview in advance, Patients data, and pre-operative testing results

 

For a successful surgery, ensure every department goes through pre-operative results of the patient and their history a day before the surgery date. By undergoing these reports, the medics will understand what is needed and any other crucial information beforehand, reducing the time taken to complete the entire procedure.

 

3. Have excellent communication with the patient, operating room attendants, and the surgery team

 

Communication puts everything straightforward. It enables the team, including patients, the surgical team, and the room attendants to know when the surgery is taking place, the venue, the starting period, and the expected ending period. With this communication, everyone will play their part well, including dosing and preparing the next patient. Effective communication helps the recovery room staffs prepare themselves to receive the patient and puts the pre-op team into action to make the next patient ready in line.

 

4. Have a smart schedule

 

When an operating room becomes empty for a while caused by inefficient scheduling, it creates inefficiency and loss of time to the staff, surgery team, and the management. To achieve proper scheduling, use the smart schedule, whereby every patient is given enough time and has to get maximized. A smart plan keeps patients and the surgery team from waiting when they get done with the current procedure.

 

5. Reconfigure the Hospital

 

At times, the structure and layout of the hospital can create inefficiency, losing a lot of time taken for a successful surgery. The waiting room, aesthetical center, and the recovery room should be adjacent to each other. Apart from reducing time, this type of arrangement limits the aesthetical team’s movement from one place to another to take care of the patient.

 

Time wastage always occurs in most hospitals and their procedures. Communication between the staff, management, and the surgical team is vital when you want everything to run smoothly, especially in an Anesthesia Department. By having systems and sharing them with the team players, you will be able to create efficiency, reducing the overall time used to carry out the surgical procedures.