Archive February 2006 VII, No. 2

OR Traffic Controller

The keys to keeping inpatient and outpatient cases at this 10-OR hospital on schedule? Start sooner whenever you can and be comfortable with chaos.

Jason Frank, RN, BSN, RFNA

BIO

Five rooms cranking, an open fracture downstairs and an emergency bleed on the way. It's a surgical perfect storm, and a common occurrence for me. My job as the resource specialty coordinator at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., is to organize the mass chaos I experience in the hospital's 10 ORs during my 12-hour shift. I oversee the schedule and communicate with surgeons, PACU and anesthesia to ensure an even flow of elective and inpatient cases through our department. Here's what my day looks like.

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