Hey, Have You Ever Thought About Adding a Second OR?

posted on Fri, Mar 2 2018 2:48 pm

In cataract surgery, time is money. Boosting your OR efficiency can give you more of that precious time, allowing you to see more patients and build your practice. Some cataract surgeons improve their efficiency by acquiring a second operating room. Have you ever thought about being one of them?

Why two operating rooms?

With two operating rooms, surgeons can seamlessly move from one patient to the next, eliminating the costly time between procedures. Others acquire a second room because they simply have too many patients to see each day. "It's not so much about speed as it is about organization," said Gina Stancel, CST, in an interview with Outpatient Surgery Magazine. "Some people may view it as assembly line surgery, but patients are much more appreciative of efficiency and organization than chaos and confusion." While the physician operates in one room, his or her team can ready a patient in the next. By the time the physician is finished, the following patient is fully prepped and ready for the procedure. Meanwhile, the staff can begin turnover on the first room.

Starting out

Let’s say you’d like to add a second room for cataract surgery so that you can increase your OR efficiency. Where do you start?

Beyond acquiring the room itself, you need to duplicate all of your equipment: two microscopes, two surgical packs, two phacoemulsification units . . . you get the idea. You also need enough staff members to maintain both ORs at the same time. Making one OR into a perfect mirror of the other can be prohibitively expensive, preventing some physicians from even entertaining the idea. So how do you do it?

Don’t worry – We’ve got your back

If you need supplies and equipment to fill out another room, Sightpath Medical can help you out. We’ll deliver top-of-the-line technology directly to your OR – or the OR right next to yours.

Some of the equipment Sightpath provides for case days include:

  • Femtosecond laser (for laser-assisted cataract surgery)
  • Phacoemulsification device
  • Operating microscope
  • Supply cart
  • Complete instrument set including phaco handpieces
  • Custom surgical pack
  • And much more

We also bring any necessary gasses for laser function, plastics for laser calibration, treatment cards, patient interface devices and any replacement parts that may be necessary for unforeseen repair. Surgical instruments and an experienced Sightpath technologist are also available to keep both of your ORs as efficient as possible. At the end of each case day, we’ll take the equipment with us, thereby avoiding any storage hassles. Sightpath Medical has the ability -- and the expertise -- to match your surgeon preferences, making that second room run just like the first. 

Are you thinking about adding a second OR for your case days? Contact us today, and we’ll be happy to discuss how we can make your dream a reality.