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Same-Day Surgery Manager: Improve your relationship with anesthesia services
By Stephen W. Earnhart,
President and CEO
Earnhart & Associates
I have had several individuals contact me regarding a past article in which I mentioned that the service that administrators find the most difficult to work with is anesthesia.
Since I wrote that article, I have tried to understand from where the problems arise. After further conversations with the original group and others, especially anesthesia personnel, it appears that many of the problems same-day surgery programs are having result from poor communication.
Most of the problems arise from three areas in the initial setup of the outpatient surgery program:
Other ongoing issues that are a result of anesthesia include:
This situation is especially true of new programs that are trying to accommodate the surgical staff and be available to meet their needs.
So what can be done? You need to deal with these issues yourself, but these are my ideas that historically have worked in other facilities:
We all act differently in new surroundings.
(Editor’s note: Earnhart & Associates is an ambulatory surgery consulting firm specializing in all aspects of surgery center development and management.