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Invited Critique
December 20, 2010

Importance of Teamwork in the Operating RoomComment on “Working With a Fixed Operating Room Team on Consecutive Similar Cases and the Effect on Case Duration and Turnover Time”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Arch Surg. 2010;145(12):1170. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2010.256

Stepaniak and colleagues present compelling evidence that OR efficiency can be improved using 2 simple methods. First, they clustered similar types of surgical cases on the same day. For example, they grouped all inguinal hernia repairs on one day and all laparoscopic cholecystectomies on another. Of the 2 methods, this one is most likely to be under control of the surgeon. Thus, we could all use this strategy, at least to some extent, to improve our efficiency starting today.

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