OR Excellence - Where Leaders Meet, Learn and Grow Together

New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, La., Oct. 14-17

Check Out These Exciting Sessions

Outpatient Total Joints?

Getting Patients to Pay Up On the Day of Surgery

Enhance the Quality of Your QI Studies

Lessons Learned From Stories of the OR

No Texting During Time Outs!

Handling the Strange, Taboo and Dreadful in OR

Opening Up About the Worst Mistake of His Career

Eliminate Errors You Can, Manage Ones You Can't

Shining a Bright Light on What's Wrong

Laugh and Let "Little Puffs of Pain" Escape

If You're Not Actively Online, You're Out of Step

Win the War Against SSIs

Too Heavy to Handle? Dealing with Obese Patients

Maintaining Competency Is an Ongoing Challenge

Online Pre-Admissions: The Time Has Come

Engage and Energize Your Anesthesia Providers

Jay Horowitz, CRNA

Jay Horowitz, CRNA

Engage and Energize
Your Anesthesia Providers

A conversation with Jay Horowitz, CRNA

The relationship between anesthesia providers and facilities is one of several key factors that can influence your ongoing success, or lack thereof. Even if you think you're getting maximum benefit and support from your anesthesia group, you won't want to miss what Jay Horowitz, CRNA, owner of Quality Anesthesia Care in Sarasota, Fla., has to say in his presentation, "Rebooting Your Anesthesia Services — How to Get Things Done Your Way," on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the New Orleans Marriott. Here are just a few of the pearls Mr. Horowitz shared in a recent conversation.

Q: How have responsibilities evolved for anesthesia providers?

Jay Horowitz — Back in the day, it didn’t much matter how long it took to turn over an OR, or provide peripheral nerve blocks for anesthetics and post-op pain management. Anesthesia providers didn’t even worry much about how long a patient was in the recovery room — possibly nauseated or vomiting — and uncomfortable. Patients were delivered without any effort on the part of the anesthesia group; all they had to do was give an anesthetic and wake the patient up. Today, giving a safe anesthetic is the bare minimum expected from the anesthesia team, and the bare minimum they should provide.

Q: What else should anesthesia providers be expected to contribute?

Jay Horowitz — The anesthesia team should be an active part in the overall effort to increase patient satisfaction, enable efficiency and increase your competitive edge. If your providers aren't doing all those things, you should be looking for ways to engage them, to take advantage of all the contributions they can make.

Q: What responsibility do facilities have for making sure their anesthesia providers are fully engaged?

Jay Horowitz — The relationship between facilities and providers is a two-way street, of course. Does your facility treat anesthesia providers as hired help, or do your see them and treat them as an integral part of the facility? Are you making sure your team is incentivized to give you their best efforts? Do you have a process for continuous quality improvement in your anesthesia department?

Q: How can you make sure anesthesia providers know they're considered part of the team, and not just "hired help"?

Jay Horowitz — Who are the people you have on your committees? Are you inviting your anesthesia providers to participate? What about facility reimbursements? Are anesthesia providers involved in your regular assessments? Are they on the front lines when it comes to formulating policies for patient and employee safety? Do they help assess and revise the facility formulary? These are all ways to help ensure that they’re part of the team.

Q: What other expectations go along with making sure providers are fully engaged?

Jay Horowitz — For starters, facilities should insist that a real human anesthesia provider is readily accessible to patients who have either clinical or billing questions. They should also expect anesthesia peer reviews to be realistic, appropriate and meaningful. Ultimately, the goal should be to align goals, integrate services, incentivize buy-in, and thereby create a smooth, efficient and positive working environment. There are ways to do that, even if it takes a "reboot" to get things going in the right direction.

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