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No More Never Events - February 2014 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 0 5 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 | O U T P AT 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 that kind of imaging lab and surgical setting blend," says Mr. Miller. High-quality real-time imaging could ramp up the use of remote robotic surgery, he says, pointing out that an OR with no people in it except the patient could be a boon to infection prevention efforts. It could also open the door to telesurgery. "Once you're outside of the room, you could be anywhere," he says. "That, to me, is the promise of OR integration." 3 It'll be profitable (if it's practical) A growing patient population and efficient technology aren't all that's necessary to survive in the volatile health- care economy. Shrinking reimbursements from government and commercial insurers underline the importance of capturing charges, maintaining quality and eliminating waste. "Cost containment is key," says Ms. Maleski. "It will have a direct impact on the clinical environment. Surgeons' OR times and OR turnover times will be monitored, with an emphasis on improving both. There will be a push for supply standardization to reduce product costs and increase staff and surgeon efficiency." Don't underestimate the consumer appeal of surgery's more marketable aspects, such as the long list of what patients can have done and still be discharged home the same day. "ASCs are continually adding more complex procedures," says Lynne Ingle, RN, MHA, CNOR, a medical equipment planner for Gene Burton & Associates. "This is related to the adoption of more advanced technology in minimally invasive surgery — for example, the ante- rior approach for total hip arthroplasty — and new means of man- aging post-op pain. I see ASCs adding the ability to do more inten- sive post-op care, like a 23-hour unit from the old days." OSM E-mail db ernard@outpatientsurg ery.net . S U R G I C A L T E C H N O L O G Y OSE_1402_part2_Layout 1 2/6/14 2:58 PM Page 105

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