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Discharge via cab

Are there any recommendations or standards for discharging patients home in a taxi cab, with no adult supervision? One of our GI physicians would like to send patients home this way, without an accompanying adult, when they don't have an escort avail...

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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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Cleaning the Curtains

How do you clean the curtains that line your pre-op and PACU bays? And how often do you clean them?...

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What is adequate anesthesia staffing?

I'm looking for viewpoints on what constitutes adequate anesthesia staffing, particularly in terms of covering the OB department in addition to running ORs. In my hospital, we have 3 CRNAs and a director of anesthesia. We run 3 ORs daily, with the an...

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Shugarcaine Questions

Do you use Shugarcaine for anterior segment surgery? How is it used? What methods work best for application? Do you mix this cocktail yourself, or purchase it from a compounding pharmacy?...

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OR Etiquette

A staff member recently asked if I had a guideline for "OR etiquette." While I have many policies for job descriptions, safety, etc., I have none specifically to give to employees who may not understand proper OR behavior. I expect my employees to ...

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Managing IOL request paperwork

Our hospital is looking into improving our intraocular lens request and ordering process. Currently, we do not place the surgeon's faxed IOL request form into the patient's medical record. Instead, we keep the request for 3 months, then destroy it. B...

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Seeking surgical count sheet suggestions

We have been using the same surgical count sheets for the past 15 years. Anyone have any suggestions on templates or improvements for intraoperative sponge, sharp and instrument counts? Thanks....

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NPO status compliance

We typically tell patients to be NPO after midnight if they are scheduled for a morning surgery. If surgery is scheduled for the afternoon, we tell them to keep their breakfast light: coffee or tea (with no milk) and/or juice, toast but no eggs. Prob...

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Do You Allow Gel Manicures in the OR?

A reader writes: "I have gotten a lot of questions about if the Shellac nail polish is safe in the OR and don't feel there is enough information on this product to...

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