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Creating an Efficient Operating Room

Potter, Catherine (2021) Creating an Efficient Operating Room. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The cost of healthcare in the United States continues to increase exponentially, while at the same time reimbursement rates continue to decrease. Now more than ever it is vital for hospitals to find ways to improve quality while at the same time decreasing costs. Operating rooms are a fertile ground to test the powerful potentials of this strategy, as they are at once the most lucrative areas in hospitals, and also the most inefficient and costly (Cerfolio et. al., 2019). There are multiple metrics at the root of operating room inefficiencies, and only a thorough understanding of those metrics can guide the choice of the interventions needed for improvement. There are also multiple different proven interventions that can be used to improve operating room efficiency ranging broadly in both scope and scale. Recently, an academic hospital in Pittsburgh implemented a project looking into reasons behind longer operating room turnover time. The project uncovered numerous inefficiencies in operating room procedures and processes like excessive holding time and pre-operative time, procedure add-ons, transport, room delays, surgeon delays, direct ICU hand off, staffing, and room staggered. Identifying inefficiencies creates opportunities for improvement through a variety of initiatives both small and large. This research paper outlines different metrics associate with intra-operative and pre-operative inefficiencies and different interventions that can streamline processes.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Potter, Catherinecap187@pitt.educap187
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRoberts, Markmroberts@pitt.edumrobertsUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberFennimore, Lauralaf36@pitt.edulaf36UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPerrino, Aveperrinoa@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 10 May 2021
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 13 April 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 37
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Services Administration
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Operating Room Efficiency
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 21:28
Last Modified: 10 May 2021 21:28


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