Based on research by our own Gerry Biala, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, and Kimberly Moyers, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, OR Manager’s Catherine Spader, RN, highlights how Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital took a giant leap in curtailing late starts in the operating room.
In December 2016, the facility’s on-time start percentage was only 37%. Perioperative team members dug in their heels and, by August 2017, increased their on-time starts to 77%. They also maintained an average of 72% for 8 months.
What was the secret that inspired success at this 114-bed community hospital?