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Correspondence and Brief Communications
November 1, 2007

Patient Waiting Time Matters When Filling a Pod of Operating Rooms

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

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

Previously, Sokal and colleagues1 considered a configuration of 4 operating rooms (ORs), called a pod, with 3 rooms functioning as ORs and 1 serving as a dedicated recovery room. Conversion of an existing OR into a recovery room is cost-neutral only for those cases for which enough time can be saved that the resulting increase in volume offsets the loss of an OR. They refer to such cases as “good.”