What We Changed

We worked with our ED teams to institute what are called STAT NOW drills between the OR and the ED. These monthly drills better prepare us for trauma-related emergencies and mass casualties. The purpose is to teach the ED team how they can assist the OR in getting the patients into the operating room suite in a more timely fashion and allow the OR to focus on getting the needed equipment and instrumentation set up for the case. The ED team will don masks and hair covers before they leave the ED with the patient and instead of stopping at the front desk and waiting for the OR team to receive a report, they will accompany the patient directly into the OR. They will assist with moving the patient onto the OR table, attaching monitors as needed and whatever else they can do to allow the OR team to focus on getting the case ready to start.