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Surgical Smoke Nearly Killed Me - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2018

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Many of our surgeons have left the hospitals and only operate at our centers. For example, our 4 retina surgeons operate at our ASC exclusively: 4 days a week — sometimes 5 if there's an add-on. Hospitals found it too expensive to maintain the equipment and the staff's competency in retina surgery. We feel obligated to accept their urgent cases whenever they arise — even on long weekends. A detached retina, ruptured globe or fractured orbit needs to be managed quickly, and the surgeons require OR staff who are com- fortable with the procedure. Besides ophthalmology, other specialties rely on us as well, such as urology. There's a limited amount of time to restore blood flow to a torsion testicle. A pediatric urologist can almost always get an urgent case on our schedule within an hour. We can quickly care for patients with kidney stones, either through surgery or lithotripsy. Finally, we are a primary site for infertility procedures. Sometimes, the infertility process results in a miscarriage, requiring an urgent D&C. If we're going to offer infertility and GYN services, we should be prepared to support our surgeon and patients in their times of need. Build your reputation Your surgeons and their schedulers will remember that you accepted their add-on cases without protest or complaint. You want them to think of your facility first for everything. Changing a surgeon's (and his scheduler's) habits is very hard. If they have had a longstanding relationship with another surgery center or hospital, getting them to bring their cases to you takes effort. Accepting an add-on case demon- strates your willingness to rise to the occasion and help them in a time of need. Believe me, surgeons will notice. I can't tell you how many times I've heard surgeons complain about their urgent case being bumped F E B R U A R U Y 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 9

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