Reducing OR inefficiencies improves financial results

By Craig R. Mahoney, MD

Process improvement can result in a better bottom line for you—and your hospital
Orthopaedic surgeons frequently complain about operating room (OR) inefficiencies, specifically the turnover time between consecutive total joint arthroplasties. At a recent meeting I attended, this was the most common concern, and many audience members provided testimonials on the strategies they had used to improve turnover time in their individual hospitals.

Although orthopaedic specialty hospitals generally have better efficiency and surgical throughput, they require a large initial capital outlay and may have to meet state Certificate of Need laws. In some facilities, high-volume orthopaedic surgeons have a second ‘flip room,’ with a second surgical team. Staffing these rooms with ancillary personnel and anesthesia, however, is often problematic.

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