Propofol and Single Use vs. Multi-dose Vials

The ever-present use of multi-patient use from single dose vials is still practiced. In a recent survey by AORN 44% of respondents said they have observed a single dose vial of propofol accessed more then once. AORN recommendations on the…

A Simple Way to Screen for Sleep Apnea

Use this acronym to create a sleep apnea questionnaire: S Do you snore loudly? T Do you often feel tired, fatigued or sleepy during the day? O Has anyone observed you stop breathing while sleeping? P Have you been or are you being treated…

Make Getting Changed for Surgery Quick and Easy

Have your staff fill plastic bags with bed sheets, a blanket, a gown and a surgical hat. Lay a plastic bag on each gurney in pre-op. After the patient changes place their street clothes in the plastic bag with a patient label on it and take…

Deepening Drug Shortages

It is safe to say that we have all been affected by drug shortages in the past year. Health Affairs recently published an article by Gregg Margolis. It estimated that thousands of cancer patients have been delayed in receiving life saving treatment…

Tracking supply costs per case should you include premium IOLs?

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When tracking costs per case do not include premium IOLs or pass through implant costs.  These costs should be categorized differently on your ASC's income statement.  Ophthalmology supply costs per case benchmark at $220.  Does your facility…