Many administrators of the anesthesia department are reluctant to implement procedures and protocols to enhance the department with the fear of increasing operational costs. Facilities maintain a negative image because they are afraid of disrupting the coverage needs. Inefficiency in the anesthesia department causes dissatisfaction throughout the operating room as well as in patients. The goal of every medical facility is to provide satisfactory medical services. As such, administrators and other stakeholders in the anesthesia department ought to come up with great ways of enhancing the department.
Increase efficiency with smart pre-operative testing procedures
Some pre-operative procedures might be necessary, but they could be the cause of inefficiency in your anesthesia department. One of the ways to improve the efficiency of this department is by getting rid of unnecessary pre-operative testing. For instance, a diabetic patient with a history of cardiac problems requires extensive testing. But, another patient like an athlete who is due for joint surgery and is healthier than a patient with a history in cardiac issues does not need a full blood workup because it delays surgeries. Anesthesiologists should design a pre-operative testing procedure that considers the medical history of a patient to increase patient satisfaction and cut on unnecessary and expensive testing. Additionally, the anesthesia department should review the pre-operative test results as well as the data of patients a day before the scheduled surgery for elective cases.
Enhance operating efficiency by communicating
Communication within and without the anesthesia department is integral in enhancing productivity. The anesthesia department should communicate with the patients, operating room, and surgical team to know how long the operation will take, when it has been scheduled, and when the surgeon is supposed to end the surgery. Communication will prevent cases where patients are re-dosed too close to the end of the operation. Also, communicating with the recovery team employees makes sure that they are prepared to receive a patient after the surgery is over.
Plan for the expected and unexpected
You can improve the efficiency of the anesthesia department by carefully planning to avoid patient dissatisfaction, empty operating rooms, and lost hospital revenues. You can achieve this by standardizing things, such as pain care after the surgery and the protocols used for the surgery. Additionally, the anesthesia department should be prepared for the unexpected because some of the things that are beyond the team can reduce efficiency. The department can also consider reconfiguring the facility to reduce inefficiencies.
The bottom line is that the anesthesia department should ensure effective communication with everyone who is involved in the operation. Inefficiencies occur when individuals do not understand what to expect. Therefore, the anesthesia department ought to map out the protocols and share with other stakeholders to increase efficiency.