This study from the Mayo Clinic finds that despite calls for the expansion of outpatient surgery to mitigate the growing backlog of surgical cases during COVID-19, the transition of general surgery procedures from inpatient to outpatient settings occurred in only a small subset of procedures.
This cohort study included 988,436 patients who underwent 16 general surgery procedures—823,746 had surgery before COVID-19 and 164,690 had surgery during COVID-19.
Multivariate analysis found that the odds of outpatient surgery during COVID-19 vs before were higher in patients having:
However, only four procedures had a clinically meaningful overall increase in outpatient surgery rates:
Further studies should explore potential barriers to the transition to outpatient surgery, particularly for procedures that have been shown to be safely performed in an outpatient setting, the researchers note.Read More >>
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As a hospital leader, it is indeed frustrating for you and/or your perioperative leadership to have difficult conversations with surgeons about block allocation and utilization, particularly when the data isn’t defensible and when surgeons can take their cases elsewhere. It is also challenging to decide how much time and flexibility you can afford to give new surgeons to grow their practice without tying up potentially underutilized time.
How can your organization establish a more effective, less stressful program for managing and optimizing your operating room schedule- particularly given today’s challenging environment of constrained nursing and anesthesia resources?
Join The University of Kansas Health System’s (TUKHS) Senior Director of Business Operations, Perioperative and Procedural Services to learn about creating an Effective Block Management System and learn how TUKHS was able to, in less than a year’s time, achieve a 20% increase in block utilization, 5% increase in prime time utilization and facilitate 98% more manual releases/transfers of time before the auto-release deadlines.
|Megan Eubanks, MBA
Senior Director of Business Operations, Perioperative and Procedural Services
The University of Kansas Health System
|Ashley Walsh, MHA
Vice President Client Services, iQueue for Operating Rooms and Inpatient Beds
Critical Components of Optimized OR Performance: Credible Data and an Effective Surgery Block Management System
Wednesday, December 14 2022 | 2:00 PM ET
1 CE Credit
Operating Room risk factors require education about and protection from sharp injuries as well as physical, chemical and biological insults. Evidence, professional recommendations and statistics outline these risks and offer solutions. Content will outline protocols and implementation suggestions.
|Deborah L. Spratt, RN, BSN, MPA, CNOR, NEA-BC CRCST CHL||Lorrie Calabrese, RN, BSN, CNOR
Senior Clinical Specialist
Culture of Safety: Sharps Safety
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 12:00 PM ET
1 CE Credit
As an OR leader, you’re facing overwhelming challenges due to staffing shortages, pent-up demand for OR time, and financial pressures. What new strategies can you use to rapidly optimize existing resources while simultaneously preventing burnout?
During this webinar, discover how Allina Health uses AI-powered automation software to simplify the OR scheduling process, re-energize staff and rapidly boost OR & block utilization. By automating manual OR processes, the health system rapidly increased OR access for surgeons, improved utilization, and grew strategic case volumes — delivering millions to the bottom line.
|Whitney A. Johnson, RN, MHA,
Director of Surgical Services & The Center for Advanced Endoscopy, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, a part of Allina Health
How to Rapidly Boost Your OR Utilization and Re-energize Staff: Allina Health’s Strategic Partnership Using AI & Automation
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | 1:00 pm CST
1 CE Credit
Disruption to the OR schedule is far too common. Attempts to fix issues come at a high cost (overnighting supplies, staff overtime). These disruptions frustrate staff, impact patient care, and cut into profit margins.
When you are able to streamline operational planning for cases through automation, you can minimize day-of impacts, maximize efficiency and reduce scheduling conflicts. Provide OR leadership with ample time to proactively resolve problems related to staffing, equipment, supplies, case length and patient readiness (including some issues you may have not otherwise been aware of).
In this session, learn how perioperative readiness helps run your surgical day as planned, giving you enough time to proactively and economically address barriers and optimize OR operational efficiency.
|Shawn Sefton, MBA, BSN, RN
CNO & VP, Clinical Solutions
Perioperative Readiness to Optimize the Surgical Schedule
Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 1:00PM ET
1 CE Credit
Ever walk into your OR and everything is suddenly perfect? Please join this session to learn how new AI enabled technology combined with analytics and surgical video can help you uncover root causes that create dysfunction and inefficiencies in your Operating Rooms. Let’s open up that black box (without the Hawthorne effect) to improve surgeon and staff satisfaction, as well as improve clinical outcomes such as SSI rates.
|Gail Pietrzyk, DNP, RN, CNOR
Chief Nursing Officer
|Joan White, APRN
Director, Clinical Consulting
Senior Product Manager
Lights, Camera, Action – for Performance Improvement
Thursday, October 27 | 1:00 PM ET
1 CE credit
When your ORs are not efficiently utilized, revenue is lost, patient and staff satisfaction declines, and resources are misallocated. However, optimizing capacity is a complex challenge:
In this session, learn how to take a holistic approach to managing the perioperative suite that will maximize efficiency, even with limited OR resources. Discover ways data and automated workflows can streamline operations and standardize case planning to create, find, and fill more OR time and maximize your surgical case volume based on available resources.
CNO & VP, Clinical Solutions
Senior Solution Design Consultant
Putting the Puzzle Together. A Holistic Approach to Perioperative Operations that Optimizes OR Capacity and Aligns Resources
September 28, 2022 | 1:00PM EDT | 1 CE credit