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InstaPoll: Do You Turn Over Your ORs in 15 Minutes?

Published: August 21, 2017

The unwritten but universally accepted industry standard for OR turnover time is 15 minutes. Tell us in this week's InstaPoll how often you achieve a 15-minute turnover time.

Even though some states require IV access for any patient entering an OR regardless of the type of anesthesia provided, more than one-third (37%) of the 373 respondents to last week's InstaPoll only start IVs on patients receiving sedation. An OR manager has a warning for facilities that don't start IVs for local cases. "Once a patient refused an IV for the removal of a small lesion on the left lower lid and wanted only local," she says. "This patient ended up passing out — low heart rate and blood pressure — and we were scrambling to gain IV access. Since that incident, anyone having a procedure in the OR must have IV access."

Do you require IV access for any patient entering an OR?

  • yes 63%
  • no 37%

Dan O'Connor

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