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Rapid Room Resets
A medical center's ability to slash six minutes off OR turnover times presents a blueprint for success.
Maria Marabito
Publish Date: December 10, 2020   |  Tags:   Infection Prevention
ALL HANDS ON DECK Every member of the surgical team pitches in to make sure rooms are cleaned and reset as quickly as possible.   |   All photos by Karen Tjelmeland

There's a lot riding on turning over operating rooms quickly between cases. It ensures high-volume surgeons start their surgeries on time, patients pass through pre-op without delay and the surgical schedule remains packed with profitable procedures. Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., has become a model of efficiency since 2016, when the orthopedic service line established a new performance indicator: Surgical staff had to lower their average turnover times from 28 minutes to 22 minutes. Achieving that goal demanded new thinking, a bit of creativity and plenty of teamwork.

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