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Artificial Nails

Are the nurses providing patient care in the pre-op area allowed to wear artificial fingernails?...


Proper Patient Identification

How do other facilities handle pre-procedure patient identification? All of our endoscopists want their patients waiting in the endo suite for them upon their arrival. They are not identifying the patients in pre-op holding and not signing their cons...


Your Patients Are Listening

As healthcare providers, we must keep our conversations to our patients' care, and not discuss issues that do not involve this patient. Also, we should treat our patients as we'd like to be treated ourselves, even if we don't think they can hear us. ...


Dilation Drops Before Cataract Surgery

What are the latest recommendations for pre-op dilating drops? Our surgeon likes a mixture of cyclopentolate, lidocaine gel, phenylephrine and zymaxid. But due to CMS and Joint Commission regulations, we cannot mix it ourselves. We are paying ...


Why bother tracking patient wait times?

All of us in the ASC business have, at one time or another, tracked, trended, monitored, and reported to our national accrediting bodies, the wait times for our patients with regard to our OR start times. But for what purpose? Is it just to satisfy t...


Pediatric Tonsillectomies

Our center does a very low volume of pediatric tonsillectomies. (less than five per year). Our minimum age is currently three years old. What age do you feel is the youngest that can safely undergo tonsillectomy at our center? Do you feel that our ...


Seeking Steam Autoclave Advice

Have you purchased a new, full-sized steam autoclave recently? If so, which manufacturer did you go with, were you happy with the service, and are you happy with the autoclave?...


How fast are your cataract OR turnover times?

Our ASC is conducting a quarterly benchmarking study, and any insights you could provide on your center's cataract OR turnover times would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! 1. What's your average between-case turnover time? a. Less than 10 minut...


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...


Surgeon Consents

Is an ASC responsible for having surgeons' consents dated within 30 days? We have our facility's consents signed on the day of surgery, but many of the surgeons' consents are outdated....


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