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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY September 2012 Issue | Archived Issues

Physician news

Nicholas Nissen, MD, has been appointed as director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai.


Featured publication

The following article was published by members of the Department of Surgery:


Grant announcements

The Department of Surgery Research Division would like to congratulate the following grant recipients:


Mark your calendar


Grand rounds

Click here to view a schedule of all upcoming grand rounds.


Surgery scheduling

Click the "read more" for hours and contact information for surgery scheduling.

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Improving OR utilization, availability and throughput

Operating room scheduling and utilization were the topic of one presentation at the Department of Surgery Performance Improvement Committee meeting earlier this month.

Among the initiatives presented:

  • Reviewing block utilization at six month intervals; fairly and impartially reallocating blocks
  • Informing surgeons monthly if their utilization is low
  • Encouraging surgeons to amalgamate into groups for block allocation purposes
  • Creating larger banks of open time using reallocation process
  • Pushing release times further out when feasible
  • Encouraging release of block a month prior to vacations or meetings
  • Reviewing standards for retaining simultaneous rooms
  • Moving toward either half-day or full-day blocks with 0715 starts

Click on the PDF below to view the entire presentation:

Scheduling and Utilization - Dept. of Surgery PIC Sept. 5, 2012 (PDF)