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Seeking Patient Wait Times for Benchmarking Study

We're conducting a benchmarking study and your information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. 1. How long does the patient wait in the waiting room before he/she is called back to Pre-op? 2. How early do you bring your patients in for their...


BMI as Patient Selection Criteria?

As the average size of surgical patients is getting larger and larger, we're likely to see more and more obese and morbidly obese patients scheduled for procedures in ASCs. I would like information regarding the care of these patients in freestanding...


Prophylactic antibiotics

How does your center handle pre-op prophylactic antibiotic orders? Do you have general standing orders, or specific standing orders for each surgeon? Do your surgeons write or give specific orders for each patient when their cases are scheduled? I'm ...


Pre-Op Serum K Policies

I am interested in opinions regarding pre-op serum K (that is, potassium concentrations in the blood) in outpatient surgery for patients who are on diuretics. Do any facilities have a policy on this issue? Thanks -- James Ullman, MD...


Pre-Admission Testing

How many of your patients are seen in pre-admission testing and have all their paperwork and diagnostics completed prior to the day of surgery?...


Patient transportation for cataract turnovers

We are interested in trialing a more efficient method of perioperative transportation for our cataract patients. Given the procedure's 8 to 10 minute times, speeding turnover by transporting patients from pre-op to the OR to PACU on the same bed, gur...


Handling MH-risk patients

During a pre-operative phone interview, your patient discloses a known family history of malignant hyperthermia. Would you still proceed with the surgery at your ASC, or would you ask the surgeon to move the case to a hospital OR?...


Propofol questions

Under the advisement of our consulting pharmacist, our recently opened ASC treats propofol as a narcotic. Are other ASCs following this advice? Also, what is the expectation of anesthesia staff in dosing one patient per vial vs. several patients per ...


Calculating OR utilization times

What data (that is, what numerator and denominator) are you using to calculate OR utilization times, and what is your target utilization percentage?...


Anesthesia criteria for cataract patients

A question for multi-specialty centers that do cataract procedures: Do you require your cataract patients to meet the same anesthesia criteria as your other patients? Meaning, are your anesthesiologists more lenient with ASA status, cardiac status...


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