Transforming the OR Process: Instrumentation Makes a Difference

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Steve Clareen, Business Unit Manager at DePuy Synthes Select, a part of DePuy Synthes, discusses the effect that the company's ambulatory surgery center-focused instruments can have in the operating room.

Q: The Select instruments have some interesting developments for streamlining efficiency — how will that impact operating room time and room turnover for the ASC?

SC: The developments that you are seeing in DePuy Synthes Select's launch of three new compact systems is our organization's acknowledgement that one size does not always fit all and that the needs of ASC site of care are truly unique. When designing the sets our team really considered feedback from everyone who would handle the systems at the ASC facility.

First and foremost, our team made certain that each new system would adequately address the majority of ankle fracture, forefoot reconstruction, and distal radius cases performed at the facility. Then, our team took the design one step further. We considered the ORP's supporting surgeons because their feedback suggested that the orthopedic systems being delivered to ASC facilities by the leading vendors were becoming increasingly too large and complex.

As a result, DePuy Synthes Select designed an intuitive system with order of use layouts and color coding of instrumentation and implants so as to avoid any confusion in the OR. Our goal was to make the OR experience more efficient but also to improve the ability to replenish the set after surgery. Our feeling was that at this site of care it is important to elevate everyone's acumen related to our systems not just the surgeons who may have trained on them during their residencies and fellowships.

Our hope is that by taking these small steps the overall set up and turnover of ORs would be improved but even more importantly the comfort of everyone who handles our systems would also be enhanced.

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