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.
Berger DL. 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