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OR Manager presents this eLearning course created from a popular session at the 2015 OR Business Management Conference, pre-approved for 1.5 contact hours. This eLearning course was presented by an expert speaker from the conference.
Staffing to Demand to Improve On-Time Starts, Case Length, and Turnover Times: 1.5 CEs
Some hospitals flex nurses off on slow days and moderately staff up on the busiest days to reduce labor cost, but this approach creates dissatisfaction among nurses and hampers efficiency. Some perioperative leaders are eliminating both a reduction in hours through flexing and overtime hours by “rightsizing” the number of rooms running and types of procedures performed per day. Developing a predictable and balanced operative schedule and staffing according to a rational demand are strategies for running an efficient OR. As a first step, surgeons and anesthesiologists are key to developing and implementing an effective block schedule and with ample number of OR(s) for add-on procedures. During this session, the foundation for creating a rational and balanced OR schedule through physician governance will be laid, and a staffing tool will be demonstrated and provided to attendees to help them balance staffing with demand in their facilities.
• Define a process to determine the appropriate number of rooms to run per day based on historical inpatient and outpatient case volume.
• Organize a team consisting of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and senior leadership to redesign the OR’s block and open room scheduling to meet the needs of clinicians and the organization.
• Create a staffing plan that matches clinical, material, and equipment resources to support the demand while increasing efficiency and reducing overall costs.
Alecia Torrance, MBS, BS, RN, CNOR, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Surgical Directions, Chicago
This eLearning course was created from a session recording from the 2015 OR Business Management Conference. Access Intelligence is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #15831. CEUs: 1.5 contact hours
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