September 26, 2023

Minimizing wasted ‘In-OR’ minutes at start of day at a pediatric AMC

By: Katrina M. Schuh, DNP, RN; Quinn Mullikin, PhD, RN; Peter Nichol, MD, PhD; and Susan L. Jones, MBA

The OR is the financial motor of a hospital. As such, inefficiencies in this space adversely impact patient safety as well as the financial stability of the hospital and/or healthcare system. The first case on-time starts (FCOTS) metric is one of the primary benchmarks for assessing OR efficiency. The following study focused on strategies to improve FCOTS to increase OR utilization.

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