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Archive February 2019 XX, No. 2

Room Turnovers: Life in the Fast Lane

6 tips to maximize efficiency, ensure safety.

Mike Morsch

Mike Morsch, Associate Editor


Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR
ON THE SURFACE Using disinfectant wipes with a shorter dry time is more effective than using microfiber cloths to clean surfaces.

Turnover time is money. And when you're looking at your bottom line, everything comes down to one big question: How fast can you get the room ready for the next case while maintaining the highest standards of patient safety?

It's a delicate balancing act, but it's one every OR team needs to be thinking about. Improving turnover time takes collaboration, critical thinking and an honest evaluation of all the things you could do better once a patient has left for recovery and another patient heads into to the OR. Here are 6 tips that will help keep those turnovers moving:

1. Zone offense

At Regina Hospital in Hastings, Minn., administrators noticed their room turnovers seemed a bit disjointed. The problem? Each staff member had a role and was essentially irreplaceable. The RN circulator had a role, the scrub tech had a role, anesthesia had a role and housekeeping had a role. If any of those staff members got called away or were delayed, it held up the whole process. That kind of inefficiency won't help your turnover.

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