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Anesthesiol Clin. 2014 Jun;32(2):517-27. doi: 10.1016/j.anclin.2014.02.020.

Scheduling of procedures and staff in an ambulatory surgery center.

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1
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, 300 Pasteur Drive H3580, Stanford, CA 94305-5640, USA; Department of Anesthesia, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada. Electronic address: joel.pash@gmail.com.
2
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, 300 Pasteur Drive H3580, Stanford, CA 94305-5640, USA.
3
Computer Science Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.

Abstract

For ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) to succeed financially, it is critical for ASC managers to schedule surgical procedures in a manner that optimizes operating room (OR) efficiency. OR efficiency is maximized by using historical data to accurately predict future OR workload, thereby enabling OR time to be properly allocated to surgeons. Other strategies to maintain a well-functioning ASC include recruiting and retaining the right staff and ensuring patients and surgeons are satisfied with their experience. This article reviews different types of procedure scheduling systems. Characteristics of well-functioning ASCs are also discussed.

KEYWORDS:

ASC; ASC management; Ambulatory surgical center; Operating room allocation; Operating room utilization; Surgical procedure scheduling

PMID:
24882135
DOI:
10.1016/j.anclin.2014.02.020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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