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OSE_1303_part2_Layout 1 2/7/13 4:26 PM Page 62 E N D O S E R V I C E S Have a tech call patients the day before and try to get all their information over the phone. Having your charts prepared a day in advance is a real time-saver on the day of the procedure, says Ms. Freeman. Pre-procedure phone calls also add a personal touch to the patient experience and decrease patient anxiety, says Mr. Collins. These calls can also prevent surprises on the day of the procedure. Double-check that necessary lab testing is complete, and remind patients about bowel prep compliance, NPO status, and taking their diabetic, heart and blood pressure meds before procedures. Finally, be sure to confirm that patients will have a driver to take him home when discharged. To increase the unit's efficiency on the day of the procedure, you can complete many activities when a procedure is scheduled, says Mr. Collins, including patient education about the procedure, bowel preparation instructions, review of current medications (such as anticoagulants and anti-diabetic agents), need for antibiotics or lab work before the procedure, and sedation history. "Obtaining this information will assist in the reduction of cancelled or delayed procedures," he says. At the Harbin Clinic Endoscopy Center, the average admission time is 12 minutes. Each of the 2 doctors has an admission nurse assigned to him. Plus, there's a floating admitting nurse moving in and out of the 4 admission/pre-op rooms. This nurse turns the rooms over and starts the IVs while the admission nurses focus on charting, assess6 2 O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | F E B R U A R Y 2013

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