O.R. efficiency

Denmark: Making better use of staff resources

By : Mölnlycke Health Care, April 10 2012Posted in: O.R. efficiency

Surgical teams see improved efficiency with Mölnlycke Procedure Packs.

Mölnlycke® Procedure Packs have helped the Department of Urinary Tract Surgery at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark to improve its surgical team’s productivity.

When Margrethe Willumsen became Head Nurse of the Department, she immediately introduced the customised procedure packs she had used in her previous job. Their introduction led to improved Operating Theatre efficiencies, including:

  • faster patient preparation
  • simpler and more efficient surgical set-up
  • shorter transition periods between operations
  • less time in the Operating Theatre for patients
  • more efficient use of nurses’ and surgeons’ time.

Before Mölnlycke Procedure Packs were introduced, it took three members of staff around 45 minutes to prepare for robot-assisted prostate surgery. Following their introduction, it takes two staff members half an hour.

The Department has seen an overall reduction in the time it takes for surgical procedures to be carried out. The customised procedure packs have minimised the initial preparation time of the Operating Theatre, and reduced the transition period between operations. The surgical team now makes better use of the Operating Theatre and of their own time and as a result, they are able to carry out more procedures each day.

Now that Operating theatre preparation takes less time, surgical staff are able to devote more time to their other responsibilities, meaning that they experience less stress and have improved job satisfaction. These positive changes have resulted in a better working environment for staff and lower stress levels for patients.

 

Tina Lynnerup - reference Aarhus Denmark

'With Mölnlycke Procedure Packs we make better use of the operating theatre and perform two robot-assisted operations per day. Previously, we could only manage one.' 

Tina Lynnerup, Consultant Physician and Surgeon, Department of Urinary Tract Surgery

Margrethe Willumsen - reference Aarhus Denmark

'In the future, we will have Mölnlycke Procedure Packs for all operations and surgical practices.'

Margrethe Willumsen, Head Nurse, Department of Urinary Tract Surgery,

 

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