An operating room is not only a critical piece of the patient experience; it’s also a significant revenue generator for hospitals and surgery centers. When it’s not running efficiently, mistakes are possible, and it can become a costly function to manage.
One of the items that operating rooms struggle with is repeatability, referring to a consistent set up in the room for the same or similar procedures. Here is what you need to know about the importance of operating room repeatability and the processes and tools you can use to make it a more attainable goal.
What is operating room repeatability?
Operating room repeatability refers to having the same equipment and processes in place for every surgical procedure. But the equipment and processes you need for one procedure, such as an appendectomy, won’t be the same as those you need for another, like a hip replacement. You will, however, want to have a standardized set of items and processes you can turn to for each time of operation to provide consistency. This is the essence of repeatability.
Why your surgical team needs operating room repeatability
For an operation to be successful, you need more than a skilled surgeon, anesthesiologist, and OR nursing staff. Everything must be perfectly in tune, including the supplies and equipment.
Time is of the essence during a surgical procedure. Any delays in locating a piece of equipment could impact the patient’s outcome. If a clamp is missing or in a different place than the last procedure, this doesn’t provide a consistent experience.
Operating room repeatability also saves time and money. If your team is wasting time with inefficient processes, it’s going to come out of your business’s bottom-line results. Optimizing your efficiency is one of the best ways to keep costs down.
Solutions for achieving operating room repeatability
Surgeons and their support staff need the peace of mind that everything will be in the right place and available at the right time during a procedure. Fortunately, there are a few solutions to accomplish operating room repeatability.
Avoid overbooking your space
If you manage a hospital or a surgery center, take a close look at how you are managing your capacity. If you are overbooked in the OR, staff could feel rushed and won’t be as efficient as they should be.
Improve your back table system
You will achieve a significant increase in efficiency if you make your back table system a priority. The DinamciOR Back Table Solution delivers up to 92 percent visibility for surgical tools and implements and is an ideal solution to boost your operating room repeatability.
Achieve operating room repeatability with the DinamicOR+ Workflow Management App
The DinamicOR+ Workflow Management App is a critical component of the DinamicOR Back Table Solution and allows operating room staff to quickly and seamlessly set up the OR again and again. The app stores preferences, allowing for repeatability, saving money, and ensuring better patient outcomes.
Through the Workflow Management App, surgical teams can create templates for different surgical procedures, which guides the operating room staff through the OR’s setup process. This can ensure that the procedure is carried out the same way, time after time, minimizing variation, and making it easier to track results.
Contact us to learn more about how the DinamicOR+ Workflow Management App can help your team achieve operating room repeatability or to schedule a live demonstration of the App.