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Benchmarking Studies by a collective group of surgery centers across the USA.

These are the studies to rank how well your facility is doing by this national benchmarked areas within your ASC.  They are:

Operational benchmarks

1. Administrator salary is $109,184. 1

2. Administrators in the west receive the highest salary, at $114,109 while administrators in the Midwest receive the lowest salary at $104,317.

3. Staff hours per case at ASCs is 12.8 hours.

4. Administrative hours per case is four hours.

5. Nurse hours per case in one- to two-OR centers is 5.2 hours.

6. Administrative hours at one- to two-OR centers is 3.8 hours.

7. Nurse hours at ASCs with three- to four-ORs is 6.3 hours.

8. Administrative hours at ASCs with three- to four-ORs is 4.1 hours.

9. ASCOA surgery centers have a per room goal of 10 cases per day to encourage compressed schedules. 2

10. GI and pain-driven centers with less than five clinical hours would have a total of around eight staff hours per case.

11. Centers with more complicated cases such as orthopedics and spine would have cli…
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OR temps and humidity levels are within acceptable ranges.Medical gases levels are adequate.Refrigerators and freezers where medications are stored maintained their temperatures overnight.OR doors are fully closed, not propped open.Electronic access doors are functioning properly.Hallways are clear of obstructions.Fire extinguishers are easily accessible.Crash carts have been tested and are fully stocked.All lights within the department are on and are working properly.Cords in ORs are out of walking pathways or safely covered.Sharps containers aren't filled to capacity.Headcovers, shoe covers, face masks and eye shields are readily available.Hand soap and antiseptic dispensers are full.
By doing these simple rounds of items that should be checked before the beginning of every surgery day, you add an enormous amount of patient safety and staff safety to the layer of work that is worth its weight in gold.

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