February 2013 - Designing better mouse trap ideal for OR Scheduling
Surgical workflows shed some kinks from automated schedule management
by Jeannie Akridge
Healthcare Purchasing News
Anyone who’s played the classic game Mouse Trap knows that the more moving parts in any process or piece of equipment, the more opportunities there are for something to go wrong. Surgical staff experience this on a routine basis. Just ask someone who’s worked in an OR how many times they’ve had to stop what they were doing to find something or someone needed to start or move a case along — be it surgeon or staff, surgical instruments or equipment, medication, or even a patient. While an automated scheduling program or electronic medical record system may intend to set in motion a specific chain of events, it’s often not until prep begins for the first case of the day that the surgical team finds out that some key pieces are missing. And every delay adds exponentially more time to a very expensive clock.