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Correspondence and Brief Communications
November 1, 2007

Patient Waiting Time Matters When Filling a Pod of Operating Rooms—Reply

Arch Surg. 2007;142(11):1114. doi:10.1001/archsurg.142.11.1114-b

In reply

We appreciate the comments made by Drs Dexter and Wachtel regarding the possible effect on patient waiting time related to case variation. He points out the potential longitudinal variation in surgeon-case combinations and the possible necessity to delay procedures to even out the case flow into the pod environment. He also notes that surgeons who are near the cut-off for profiling into the pod are, by definition, on the border of having enough appropriate case volume.

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