“Your anesthesia department may be overstaffed or understaffed. In the end, optimizing the caseload in each Operating Room may be the best way to control the costs of your anesthesia care team.”
Bobby Johnson, DPI Inc., Anesthesia Staffing Company
The OR generates as much as 60 percent of hospital revenues, but when procedures are cancelled or delayed, it cuts into that revenue. The anesthesiology department is uniquely positioned to help improve communication, thus impacting cost and increasing efficiency. By utilizing the flexible and convenient features in scheduling software, anesthesia schedulers can improve both pre- and post-operative care and reduce turnover time.
Plan for the expected and unexpected.
Smart scheduling begins with careful planning. Preparing for the worst can prevent empty operating rooms, patient dissatisfaction, and lost revenues for hospitals. Scheduling software is built for responsiveness with features like mobile access and real-time alerts that automatically send schedule change notifications to the correct staff members so they can better keep track of shifts and be agile in the face of scheduling changes.
It’s common for hospitals to schedule all surgeries at the same time. For instance, all ORs could be booked for 7:30 a.m. surgeries, leaving the rooms empty afterward. An empty OR is extremely inefficient; it fails to maximize the staff’s and surgeons’ time.
However, “Block Scheduling” with scheduling software consolidates OR schedules into vertical blocks, and checks with surgeons to ensure that the time booked is enough time for the procedure, maximizes the use of the OR, and prevents patients and surgeons from waiting while another procedure finishes.