Wheels roll out of an OR earlier than expected with a to-follow procedure ready to go. Cleaning staff is working other rooms that are not in need of an immediate turn. The to-follow case is delayed causing surgeon and patient dissatisfaction.
Real-time patient tracking was implemented and used to automatically monitor when wheels roll out of an OR. Dynamic OR scheduling then assesses if a room needs immediate cleaning to accommodate a to-follow procedure. Cleaning priorities are continuously updated and made transparent to all housekeepers on touch screen displays placed throughout the perioperative area.
The solution implemented has contributed to a 50% reduction in procedure turn-times and a more than 20% improvement in on-time starts. The cleaning staff acknowledges that they now self manage their workload freeing up the clinical staff to focus more attention on their patients. The results have directly improved surgeon and staff satisfaction and overall operating efficiency.