Making Every Second Count: Streamlining Surgical Flows

Surgical Procedures - Making Every Second Count
Surgeries are arguably the most complex events in a hospital. They require incredible attention to detail and precise coordination. Often, time is of the essence—especially for emergency surgeries. Every surgical flow benefits from efficiency, which can be hard to achieve when there are so many factors to consider.

Surgical units must optimize both their physical and logistical elements. To perform their best, surgeons and surgical nurses rely on various staff (who have particular protocols and systems in place) as well as various machines, while patients often show better outcomes when they feel informed and at ease throughout the process. Saving time can result in saving lives; it can also result in helping patients feel as supported and safe as possible.

Here’s how hospitals can improve efficiency for surgical units.

Implement Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)

Electronic medical records, or EMRs, make it much simpler to access and update patients’ critical information. This may help reduce the risk of incorrectly updating the records, accidentally omitting key details, or worse, pulling the wrong records entirely. Such mistakes can lead to “wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors” (WSPEs).

Because EMRs’ supporting systems are often easier to update and access, patient records may be more accurate and less likely to get mixed up with other patients’.

Plus, doctors and nurses can quickly access details about procedures and see pertinent medical history, allergies, and previous surgeries.

Thus, EMRs can help minimize WSPEs—and save precious time—in emergency situations.

Use Convertible Patient Seating

Transferring patients from wheelchairs or stretchers to a surgical table can be cumbersome. It wastes precious time that could be spent prepping the patient and performing all necessary checks. In surgical emergencies, every second counts.

Each additional patient transfer increases the risk of injury. Healthcare providers can reduce these risks by ensuring that patients have a single, stable surface throughout the surgical flow.

Nurses can check positioning and safeguards before the patient arrives at the operating room. This way, there’s no need to transfer the patient to a new surface, reset all guardrails, and so forth.

For more efficient patient ingress and egress, Champion’s TMM4 Plus converts easily from a comfortable wheelchair into a surgical stretcher. It features easy-to-use side rails, auto-extending footrests, and an adjustable height. The TMM4 Plus pulls double-duty as a patient transport device and surgical stretcher. This saves precious time in the surgical flow and may also reduce the risk of injury.

Standardize Surgical Processes

Every surgery is unique, but that doesn’t mean the surgical flow can’t be standardized. A modular approach promotes efficiency by allowing staff to rely on a baseline. This can include having clear protocols for how patients are triaged, how equipment is sterilized, and how surgeries are performed.

Then, patient-specific needs can be easily integrated into the flow. For a smooth integration, surgical staff must be equipped with the right tools. Everything from patient seating to operating theaters should be versatile enough to accommodate a range of needs. This may include adjustable surgical stretchers and operating tables that can accept critical accessories. Staff can follow their checklist and adapt as needed, rather than trying to fit square pegs into round holes.

Hospitals can also establish a standard process for surgical emergencies. With a modular approach, this saves crucial seconds while freeing up staff’s energy for life-saving tasks.

Again, convertible patient seating can help. If incoming patients can be placed in a chair that transforms into a stretcher, there’s less time spent fussing with seating. Innovative stretcher-chairs such as Champion’s TransMotion Collection quickly adapt to imaging, surgical, and patient transport needs—and accommodate supportive accessories as well.

Champion Helps Surgical Units

By implementing these strategies, hospitals can save valuable time in surgical emergencies. They can also improve their surgical units’ efficiency and help reduce the risk of serious errors—both of which ultimately save lives.

Champion’s line of innovative surgical chairs adds versatility to these processes. Their streamlined flows benefit from further time-saving features that allow surgical staff to focus on patient care.

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