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Sick-day policy

Are your employees allowed to "text in sick?"...

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Pre-Filling Syringes

Is there any literature out there that specifies the parameters by which syringes can or cannot be pre-filled on the day prior to use? If they can be pre-filled, what is the protocol (use within 24 hours, labeled and initialed, etc.)? Our specific si...

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Surgery Logbook Regulations?

Are there any regulations, on the federal or state (Calif.) level, that actually require ASCs to have a physical surgery logbook? We recently had an inspection and were cited for not keeping one. We used to keep a log of surgeries when we had physic...

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Sales reps in scrubs

Employees who wear their scrubs out of your facility and launder them at home are one issue. But sales reps who wear scrubs instead of street clothes, and go from facility to facility carrying contaminants between the ORs they're visiting all day are...

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Jackets in OR

AORN recommends long sleeve jackets to be worn in restricted areas. The coverage of the arms prevents contamination from the shedding of skin cells, they say. What is your facility's practice in this regard? Do you have a policy that requires the cov...

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Crutchwalking training

Who is responsible for teaching crutchwalking to podiatry patients in your units? Our docs order crutches in the PACU, and of course the patients haven't been taught crutchwalking in pre-op. Should we insist that the docs order PT prior to surgery? ...

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Inclement Weather Policy

Does your facility have an inclement weather policy? During the recent snow and ice storms many states were paralyzed, with several having to declare states of emergency. However, I noticed that elective surgery was not cancelled. Hospitals continued...

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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?...

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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...

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Straight local cases in ASC

What are your practices when doing straight local cases in an outpatient OR? Is it your policy to start an IV, maintain an NPO status, and/or provide a monitor nurse? We are being challenged by a physician to do none of the above, and are interested ...

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