Tag Archives: OR scheduling

Why OR staffing and scheduling is different than ER staffing and scheduling…


The OR case load has a very high daily variability of patient arrivals similar to an ER. However, unlike an ER patient’s arrival that normally may monopolize a single (or shared) ER nurse and room until the next caretaker (physician, … Continue reading

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The effects of late surgeons on other surgeons, overtime, Pre-Op, PACU, and patient waiting…


SHS2013 poster presentations supported supports #161  “Clarifying the Definition, Purpose, and Effects of OR On-time Starts“ supports #113 “Resolving Resistance to OR scheduling changes; Implementing a Multi-faceted Model“ also see  Getting Dr. Able out of the OR before 4pm… | ORTimes … Continue reading

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constraint theory and pareto optimals linkedin…


Constraint theory and Pareto optimals… We’ve been using Constraint theory (TOC) as a way to derive Pareto optimal solutions in the OR for a couple of years now, and briefly mentioned the approach at a recent Academy of Business Research … Continue reading

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constraint theory and Pareto Optimals…


Brian Gregory, MD, MBA • Wayne, good question. Healthcare is a funny animal–you have constraints within constraints. One of the main tenets of ToC is to pick what you want to be the constraint. In the case of the OR (ER, radiology, … Continue reading

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bad research…or bad reporting?


This is an example of the perils (morbidity, mortality, and financial) of mathematical manipulation of data by researchers in basing broad conclusions without more fully understanding the processes and externalities involved: Unnecessary anesthesia adds $1B to health spending – FierceHealthcare … Continue reading

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increase strategy to increase throughput: …data in context…lean in context…flipped rooms…


Why is this important? It can significantly increase total throughput and throughput as referenced by a particular agent (surgeon, anesthesiologist, hospital). Increased throughput can be converted into large increases in revenue. It can decrease cost for all agents. It can … Continue reading

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the art of flipping rooms…


– There are two main parts to flipping rooms: intra-case and inter-case. They are complementary and work together iteratively. – An analogy of this iterative type of scheduling –adjusting individual cases(intra-case) and schedule (inter-case) to make a good fit– is … Continue reading

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