5 Considerations Before Upgrading to a New Phaco

If your surgeon is still operating on old cataract equipment ( Alcon Infiniti, AMO Whitestar / Sovereign, all B&L machines pre Stellaris PC), then you should be considering a phaco upgrade. New phaco systems boast technology upgrades that allow the surgeon to perform safer and more efficient surgery. There are a number of impressive systems available. In fact, all recent phaco machine releases to the market are quite impressive in cutting power, fluidics, and chamber stability when compared to older systems. Those 3 features are reason enough on their own, but there are many more benefits to upgrading. 

Upgrading should be in the conversation! However, there are important things to consider before pulling the trigger. Among many considerations, here are 5 that we feel important.

5 Considerations before upgrading to a new Phaco machine. 

 

1) Which Phaco System? 

Choosing a system can be a hard decision. The 3 latest phaco systems from the main players in the US market (Alcon Centurion, J&J Veritas, and B&L Stellaris PC ) are all fantastic systems in their own right. Many surgeons have brand loyalty to a particular system, and often that is good path. However, we’ve helped many surgeons transition platforms and brands, resulting in big satisfactions!

The key here is to trial the technology and give your surgeon the ability to get familiar with the system before committing to it. This is harder than it sounds in reality. We’ve seen many surgeons adopt new technology…operate with it for months…to then decide they don’t like it and want to switch. This can make the decision to purchase stressful for the decision maker.

2) Upfront Capital

The financial component of this decision is very important and should not be taken lightly. New technology can range anywhere from 50-80k for a single machine and many facilities would require more than a single machine to operate (eg 2 room surgery day scenarios). Holding up large amounts of capital for a specialty like ophthalmology can be risky to the facilities profitability, especially if you are onboarding cataracts for the first time or are working with a new surgeon that doesn’t have tenure with you. 

3) Additional Purchases

With every phaco purchase comes a handful of required purchases that are needed and only compatible with the new machine. Items like phaco handpieces, tips, sleeves, tubing, BSS bags, foot pedals, and more. Even though these items often come in a package deal, if any of these items becomes faulty, you’ll need to repair or replace….which brings us to our next point.

4) Support & Maintenance

Maintaining your equipment is vitally important to protect (first and foremost) the safety of your patients, as well as your investment. Routine maintenance plans with the manufacture are highly recommended (and in our opinion, necessary). But, these plans can be costly and should be factored into your ROI figures. Another thing to consider is training and support for the new technology. It can take a long time for your team to learn the new system and be proficient in assisting the surgeon. Troubleshooting problems (which in our experience are bound to happen…even with new equipment) can hold up an entire surgery day if your team is not fully versed on what to look for. 

5) Outsourcing VS Purchasing

In our opinion, you are not ready to make an informed decision about upgrading to a new phaco machine until you’ve explored the option of outsourcing equipment. There are big benefits in outsourcing! Outsourcing allows you to predict and protect your profit margins. Outsourcing dramatically reduces your risk. Outsourcing allows your surgeon the luxury of trying out new platforms, switching, and adding rooms without it affecting the facilities bottom line. You don’t pay for maintenance or repairs.

Surgical Direct Inc provides a high-quality cataract equipment outsourcing program  that will rival any other service in the nation. Our team is committed to surgeon and facility alike, so that everyone involved wins on eye-day. 

Read through more about how we approach outsourcing and the benefits in more detail. 

Can you envision a smoother, less stressful, lower risk way of doing Cataract Surgery? We believe that outsourcing is the best way to do it! Click through below to learn more, contact us, or request a demo. 

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Stability for your Cataract Program

We live in uncertain times. In many ways, life doesn’t seem ‘normal’ anymore. We’ve seen the entire world change in a matter of months from a pandemic, forcing us all to adjust to a new normal. But the pandemic isn’t the only source of today’s unstable feelings, in truth, there are many! Stability isn’t quite the word that comes to mind when we think of the world right now, and for good reasons. However, either consciously or subconsciously, we are all looking for more stability in our lives, our work, and our world.

Your OR is an environment that requires stability. Instability in your OR permeates an environment that is not safe or optimal for good care.

Here at Surgical Direct, we provide inroads to a more stable OR environment when it comes to cataract surgery. Our goal is to be a reliable partner that adds value to your OR, practice, and patient experience. Stability, reliability, consistency, efficiency, and excellence are core aspects of everything we do at Surgical Direct.

9 ways Surgical Direct adds stability to your Cataract Program.

 

1: Consistent Technology

Consistency is important for stability. You will always get the same technology that you’ve requested on surgery day. We will not bring something you haven’t approved or are not comfortable working with. This includes phaco machines, microscopes, lenses, and all other supplies.

2: Back-up Phaco Machines (Every Time)

We always bring a backup phaco. This allows if a machine is acting up, we have another on hand to keep the day running. And for more extreme (unforeseen) situations, our warehouse team is ready to run more backup equipment or supplies to the surgical location if needed. We take all necessary steps to ensure your surgery day runs as smoothly as possible.

3: Full Lens Consignments (every visit)

We work directly with your office for lens picks for surgery day so we know exactly what you need on surgery day. But beyond that, we also bring full consignments of your primary, secondary, and AC lens selections. This covers all last-minute calculation changes, accidental contaminations, and unforeseen case issues.

4: Stationary Cataract Instruments

Unlike many other service providers, we do not travel with instruments. The reason we don’t is that Cataract instruments are too delicate, and travel allows too many opportunities for instruments to be damaged. We do provide instrumentation, but these instruments will be stationary at your surgical location, lowering usage from others, and preserving the life of the instrument.

5: Familiar & Highly Trained Cataract Coordinators (Techs)

We have a policy with our techs and our scheduling, that 2-3 techs are designated to your account. This means that you will almost always see a familiar face on surgery day. Each tech learns the surgical style of their surgeon and protocol, as well as the OR team’s flow so each day is as smooth as possible, achieving a true “team” approach.

Not only will your account tech be consistent and familiar, but they are also highly trained. Upon hire, each tech goes through a 90-day intensive training of the equipment, surgery, OR protocol, in-service training, troubleshooting, and more…all before ever servicing an account on their own. You will NEVER get a tech that does not know what they are doing.

6: New Account Onboarding

If you are a new client, we do our part to ensure there are no surprises in our initial onboarding. We will request a visit to your main surgical location so we can observe and learn specifically how you prefer to operate. This allows us to thoroughly prepare for working with you in your environment.

7: Competitive (Hassle-Free) Pricing

We believe that you can’t put a price on the level of service you receive from us. But if you are comparing our services to other cataract outsourcing providers, you’ll notice that our pricing is very competitive. Plus, we don’t nickel and dime, no hidden fees, and offer simple and upfront pricing.

8: Retina, Glaucoma MIGS, SLT, & YAG Access

Being an SDI Partner allows for direct access to other technology offerings from Surgical Direct. Our Mobile Retina Services offer flexibility and capital savings for Retinal operations. Add on Glaucoma procedures (MIGS) easily to your surgery day and we’ll provide what you need. Add on SLT & YAG procedures to your day to lower your travel (especially beneficial in satellite locations).

9: Grow Your Surgical Options (Mobile & Fixed)

We are here to help you grow. Tap into our OD referral network and expand with satellite locations. Upgrade your main surgical location’s equipment, or let us help you move from 1 to 2 room surgery days. Whatever your need, we are motivated to be a resource and partner to help you achieve the growth you are looking for.

Looking for more stability in your cataract program? Look no further. Surgical Direct is the partnership you’ve been looking for.

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2 Rooms For Cataracts, Now!

Elevate Your Cataract Surgery Potential.

It’s 2022. Cataract surgery numbers are headed for all-time highs in the United States. Baby boomers are in range (some already needing the surgery, but millions more on the horizon). At the same time, Ophthalmology as a specialty isn’t growing at the same rate as the population’s needs. Projections indicate that there could be fewer practicing Ophthalmologists (per-capita) in the coming years that are tackling a much heavier volume of care than the US has ever seen.

Read this interesting article from Healio that supports this data.

In tandem, physicians are already still working through a backlog of cases from the previous 2 years of pandemic.

To sum up, practicing physicians are likely going to have very busy surgery days ahead.

So how do you prepare for an influx like this?

Increasing your surgery day efficiency is a great place to start! Adding more rooms to your surgery day increases your capacity for more cases.

Adding a Second OR on Eye Day is easy with Surgical Direct.

Outsourcing your equipment with Surgical Direct’s mobile cataract service allows you to gain immediate access to the latest technology available for cataract surgery without spending a dime of capital. But capital savings is not the only benefit…

(1) Double the cataract equipment.

Since the facility no longer needs to purchase Phaco machines, microscopes, and hand-pieces, confining your surgeon to one room is no longer an issue. On 2 room days, we provide all equipment required for 2 rooms to operate safely and efficiently. This saves the facility upwards of 6 figures in capital investment, maintenance, repairs, and other unexpected costs.

(2) Double the support.

Having enough equipment to have 2 rooms running doesn’t always make the day more efficient. The team of people that work in the room is what does! Having the right amount of support staff is vital to keep the day moving efficiently. That’s why we provide 1 technician per room on 2 room days. This increases the manpower, technical support, and teamwork in each room so that those 8-15 minutes cases stay 8-15 minutes. We also help with turnover, so that the surgeon can bounce between rooms without waiting.

(3) Double the supplies & lenses.

2 room days typically mean a lot of cases. A lot of cases mean a lot of supplies. No matter the surgeon and their supply preferences, 12-20 cases in one day requires a large amount of inventory. Surgical Direct provides all inventory needs for your cataract cases (except for meds).
For 2 room days, we fill our cargo vans (sometimes to the roof) with equipment and supplies. Think of the shelf space you’ll be saving. Think of the time you’ll be saving in inventory if you didn’t have to order, receive, unpack, and shelf all of that inventory every time the surgeon is scheduled.
Lenses consignments are also time-consuming to manage. If the surgeon is doing (eg) 15 cases, you’ll also need about 45 lenses (primary + 2 backup) ready and accounted for before the day starts.
With Surgical Direct as a part of your team, you don’t need to stock case supplies or manage lens consignments anymore.

Now is the time to get prepared for more.

You may already be feeling the increase. Now is the time to restructure and prepare yourself for heavier surgery days. Surgical Direct is a support system that is here to help. Read through our client reviews to find out more about how we can help.

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Projected Growth of Cataract Surgery in 2022

Prepare your OR for higher capacity.

2022 is poised to be a busy year for ophthalmologists. The number of cataract cases in the U.S. sees a compound annual growth rate of roughly 3% to 4% due to the aging of our population and increased life expectancy. In addition to these normal trends, there is still a sizable number of cases that are still caught in the backlog from the 2020-2021 pandemic.

Preparing to facilitate larger surgery days will position your facility for increased revenue. Are you equipped to take on higher volumes of cataract cases in your OR?

Surgical Direct Inc is a capital-free solution that will increase your facilities capacity for cataract surgery in 2022.

 

Here are 5 ways Surgical Direct helps your facility prepare for higher volume cataract days.

1) Access the latest cataract technology

Partnering with Surgical Direct allows your facility, surgeon, and staff immediate access to the latest cataract surgical technology. This includes the surgeons choice of phaco platform, microscope, and other related equipment. Newer technologies result in shorter procedure times, allowing for increased patient volumes during scheduled block times. Additionally, Surgical Direct is able to outfit multiple OR’s on surgery day, increasing your patient volume even more.

2) Save Your Capital Dollars

Surgeons gains immediate access to the equipment they want without spending a single dollar from your facility’s capital budget. This is a big roadblock avoided, especially in our current financial landscape! Save all your capital dollars for other specialties that bring more revenue to your facility.

3) Straight-forward Per Case Pricing

Our pricing structure is a ‘per-case pricing’ structure. This means that you only pay us when you use us and there are no contractual obligations to pay for our services when your surgeon doesn’t have any cases. This reduces financial risk for the facility and offers an immediate positive revenue stream from cataracts.

4) Case Supply Relief (Lenses, Disposables, + Specialty Items)

In addition to equipment provisions, our Mobile Cataract Service provides your facility with extensive case supplies, custom tailored to your facility and surgeon. 

  • Lenses: We work directly with the surgeon’s office for surgery day lens picks. We then bring all the surgeon’s lens picks for the day with us, including a full back-up consignment just in case there are any last minute changes. This includes specialty, premium & backup lenses. We’ve got the day fully covered! Plus, the facility no longer must manage lens consignments.
  • Disposables: We compile preferences supply lists for each surgeon including blades, cannulas, viscoelatsics, BSS and other disposable supplies. We pack plenty of supplies for the day’s case volume, plus plenty of extras in case of unforeseen drops or contaminations. 
  • Specialty Items: Including regular case supplies, we stock and carry specialty items on an as-needed basis. Items like Vitrectors, Malyugin Rings, Iris Hooks, MIGS, and more!

Allowing us to supply all of these items to your facility dramatically reduces your in-house inventory load, reducing your PO’s to just 1 for Ophthalmology.

5) In-Room Support

Along with all the equipment and supplies, comes a thoroughly trained Surgical Direct representative shows up ready to assist  the surgeon and staff on every case! We call them our Cataract Coordinators. Our coordinators go through an extensive 90 day training prior to working alone. Most have years of experience, seeing more cases that most nurses. Our coordinators meticulously and carefully pack all equipment, supplies and lenses, arrive at your facility early, load in, prime and set the equipment, and then provide in-room support on every case throughout the day. From helping the surgeon with equipment settings, to sterile-field opening, to taking out the trash….our coordinators don’t just stand around. They HELP the day go by efficiency and safely.

Can you envision a smoother, less stressful, lower risk way of doing Cataract Surgery? Increase your OR’s capacity for more cataract surgery (and greater revenue) with Surgical Direct.

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Stop Managing Lens Consignments

Does your surgical facility currently host cataract surgery?

As an administrator, you know the time investment, attention, and focus it takes to properly manage a consignment of intraocular lens implants. There is no shortage of work pre-op, intra-op, and post-op that requires administrative hands. We blogged about the Ins and Outs of IOL Lens Management a few years ago. Read through that post for a full scope snapshot of what it takes to manage your own consignment. However, if you are an administrator who hosts cataracts, it’s likely you already know how much work it is.

As administrators, finding more efficient ways of accomplishing the same task should be of hight interest. If you can reduce your admin task load, and put your hands to other areas to increase efficiency, why wouldn’t you do it?

So the real question is; how much time do you spend managing lens consignments?

What if you could stop managing lens consignments and put your time to better use?

 

At Surgical Direct, we believe in partnerships that help all parties involved attain higher levels of safety and efficiency. Surgical Direct provides a Mobile Cataract Service program that outfits your OR with the latest Cataract Surgery equipment available without you spending a dollar of your facility’s capital. Included with the equipment, we provide ample case supplies that are common disposable supplies with cataract surgery…this includes lenses.

We manage multiple consignments of every popular brand and model.

From standard Monofocal models to Multifocals, Trifocals, Toric lenses, and AC lenses. In addition to our master consignments, we carry full smaller scaled consignments with us into the OR every surgery day, based on the surgeon’s preferences.

We work directly with the surgeon’s office for surgery day lens picks.

We coordinate with the surgeon’s office days before surgery to ensure we have every lens they need (or might want as backup) onsite for surgery day. Each lens pick is triple checked to ensure we have what the surgeon needs.

We always carry backups. Always!

You never know what might happen on surgery day. We come prepared.

We handle the paperwork, reorder, and restock.

We send all the paperwork back to the manufacture for proof of implant so you don’t have to worry about it. Plus, your team no longer has to re-order, restock, and keep inventory in your facility.

Think of hours you could save…

Reallocate your admin hours to more useful tasks! 

Inquire about Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service, and stop managing lens consignments in house. There’s a more efficient way!

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Centurion, Stellaris, or Veritas? You Choose!

Start using the platform you prefer today at $0 capital.

Using the equipment that you prefer makes you a better surgeon. Using outdated and old technology (because there is no other option available) can effect your efficiency as a surgeon and may also effect your patient outcomes.

Today’s leading phaco technology systems bolster massive upgrades in Phacodynamics, fluidics, and usability that enhance the surgeon’s capability to perform better surgery. Even the most skilled surgeons will find big benefits from upgrading to a newer phaco system.

Centurion, Stellaris, or Veritas?

You Choose!

 

I would love to upgrade, but my OR has no budget.

This is very common. You are not alone. 

With the medical field (and overall economy) in the wake of COVID-19, capital budgets are at an all-time low. Hospitals and ASC’s have little investment capital to spend on new technology. If they do have capital, they are likely to spend it on a higher grossing specialty like Ortho or similar. This leaves ophthalmologists stuck using whatever is available.

Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service provides the latest phaco technology to your OR, outsourced only when you need it, and will require $0 investment capital.

 

I’m comfortable with my current platform.

Have you been given the opportunity to try a new platform?

From our experience in converting hundreds of surgeons to new platforms, we’ve found that many surgeons who claim to love old technology just have’t had the chance to get comfortable with new technology. This takes time, which most surgeons don’t have. Surgeon’s need to use the new platform for a decent number of cases before really feeling confident whether or not they want to use it regularly.

The beauty of Surgical Direct’s mobile cataract service is that you are not ‘committed’ to any single platform. Upgrading or switching from one machine to another is as simple as requesting it. This reduces the pressure of spending capital on a system you may end up not liking.

 

I have interest, but it seems like a logistical headache.

We have upgrading hundreds of surgeons to new platforms, and we have the process down. We will support your entire team with the transition!

Our team is highly trained in all the platforms that we provide. Not only do our cataract coordinators have deep knowledge of the surgery, but are annually trained in all the new technology we provide. We play an active role in the OR with your team, helping with settings, supply management, lenses, and turnover.

For the full scope of what we do, check out our Mobile Cataract Services page.

So…to recap. If you have interest in upgrading your phaco to the Alcon Centurion, B&L Stellaris, or the J&J Veritas, Surgical Direct is the capital free option you’ve been looking for.

 

Click below for a full listing of our services and all that we provide on a typical surgery day. Feel free to give us a call to discuss in further detail, or schedule a free demo day. 

 

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5 Rapid-Fire Benefits of Outsourcing

Does your surgical facility experience difficulty in keeping up with the demands it takes to host a cataract surgery program in your OR? Tackling a specialty like Ophthalmology on your own can add financial risk to your OR as well as increase your administrative load to your staff. It absolutely can be done, and many facilities manage…but we are here to tell you that there is another option than spending your precious capital dollars on Cataract Equipment. Outsourcing equipment with Surgical Direct’s mobile cataract services has many benefits. Let’s take a look!

5 Rapid Fire Benefits of Outsourcing your Cataract Equipment with Surgical Direct.

 

1) Immediate access to the latest technology

Partnering with Surgical Direct allows your facility, surgeon, and staff immediate access to the latest cataract surgical technology. This includes the surgeons choice of phaco platform, microscope, and other related equipment. Surgeons love having the flexibility of using what they want. Stop making your surgeons operate with old technology!

2) Massive Capital Savings

Surgeons gains immediate access to the equipment they want without facilities spending a single dollar from your capital budget. This is massive. Especially in our current financial landscape! Save all your capital on specialties that bring more revenue to your facility.

3) Per Case Pricing

Our pricing structure is a ‘per-case pricing’ structure. This means that you only pay us when you use us and there are no contractual obligations to pay for our services when your surgeon doesn’t have any cases. Our clients love this because it reduces financial risk for the facility and offers an immediate positive revenue stream from this specialty.

4) Case Supply Relief (Lenses, Disposables, + Specialty Items)

Including equipment provisions, our Mobile Cataract Service provides your facility with extensive case supplies, tailored to your facility and surgeon.

  • Lenses: We work directly with the surgeon and their office for surgery lens picks. We then bring all the surgeon’s lens picks for the day with us, including a full back-up consignment just in case there are any last minute changes. This includes specialty, premium & backup lenses. We’ve got the day fully covered! Plus, the facility no longer has to manage lens consignments.
  • Disposables: We compile preferences supply lists for each surgeon including blades, cannulas, viscoelatsics, BSS and other disposable supplies. We pack plenty of supplies for the day’s case volume, plus plenty of extras in case of unforeseen drops or contaminations.
  • Specialty Items: Including regular case supplies, we stock and carry specialty items on an as-needed basis. Items like Vitrectors, Malyugin Rings, Iris Hooks, MIGS, and more!

Allowing us to supply all of these items to your facility dramatically reduces your in-house inventory load, reducing your PO’s to just 1 for Ophthalmology.

5) In-Room Support

Along with all the equipment and supplies, comes a thoroughly trained Surgical Direct representative, ready to assist surgeon and staff on every case! We call them our Cataract Coordinators. Our coordinators go through an extensive 90 day training prior to working along. Most have years of experience, seeing more cases that most nurses. Our coordinators meticulously and carefully pack all equipment, supplies and lenses, arrive at your facility early, load in, prime and set the equipment, and then provide in-room support on every case throughout the day. From helping the surgeon with equipment settings, to sterile-field opening, to taking out the trash….our coordinators don’t just stand around. They HELP the day go by efficiency and safely.

To be honest, these 5 benefits just scratch the surface. Can you envision a smoother, less stressful, lower risk way of doing Cataract Surgery? We believe that outsourcing is the best way to do it!

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Saying Goodbye to the Alcon Infiniti

Upgrading from the Alcon Infiniti is seamless and capital expense-free with Surgical Direct

Recently, Alcon officially announced via customer letters their plans to phase out the production of parts, tubing packs, and supplies that support their 20 year old phaco platform, the Alcon Infiniti Vision System.

The Alcon Infiniti has proven to be a dependable and reliable phaco machine that many ophthalmologists still use and trust for surgery. With the recent announcement that tubing packs will be manufactured at a significantly limited scale until 2023 (at which point they will be discontinued), the Alcon Infiniti era is coming to a close, and soon Ophthalmologists and surgical suites will be forced to upgrade to newer platforms.

Upgrading To Alcon Centurion Has Big Benefits

Infiniti’s successor, the Alcon Centurion, was released in 2013 and introduced some of the biggest phaco technology upgrades we’ve seen in decades.

1) Active Fluidics

Sensor-directed plates that control the flow of fluid in the system (instead of traditional gravity fluidics) dramatically increases the safety of the procedure. Active fluidics allows for constant IOP thresholds that are monitored by the nano-second and auto adjusts while the surgeon works. This makes the operation environment “quiet” and safe.

2) Balanced Tip Technology

The balanced tip (only available for use with the Centurion) harnesses the Torsional power of the tip in a different way, dispersing the energy in a more efficient way. What does this mean? This means that the energy used in each case is more effective. Even at lowered power outputs, the “Balanced Tip” can cut more efficiently, reducing overall power outputs into eye significantly on each case.

3) Surgical Experience Enhancements

The wireless foot pedal, a dynamic and user-friendly GUI, and adjustable everything all work together to create the surgical experience of using the Centurion far superior from the Infiniti.
The above 3 just scratch the surface…

Surgical Direct’s mobile cataract service allows you to gain immediate access to Alcon Centurion (or any other phaco technology) without spending a dime of your capital. Here’s a quick list of benefits:

  1. Save your capital to spend on other (more lucrative) specialties
  2. Gain access to the latest cataract technology right away
  3. Save on repairs and maintenance plans
  4. You only get billed when you have cases
  5. Outfit more rooms (2-3 room days) without purchasing a single piece of equipment.

This just scratches the surface of benefits of outsourcing with Surgical Direct.

Now is the time to consider upgrading from the Alcon Infiniti.

Learn more about our services and get a full picture of the benefits of outsourcing in your facility.

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Stop Dealing with Phaco Repairs

As an OR administrator, whether in a hospital or ASC setting, keeping your facility’s functional operations (admin, supply chain, and required surgical equipment) running smoothly is high priority. Smooth operations equate to better patient care. Efficient operations equate to happier patients and surgeons. Better patient care and happier surgeons keep your OR busy and healthy, which keeps your revenues steady.

But the truth is, the unexpected is bound to happen. Regardless of all our planning and preparation (and systems), surgery days don’t always go as planned. As an administrator, you can’t prevent all delays, equipment failures, or unforeseen circumstances that come up. All you can do is prepare your best for what your action plan will be when these things happen.

Equipment failure is a major obstacle and momentum disruptor.

At Surgical Direct, we know cataract surgery. So let us speak to that specifically. If you own your own cataract equipment (Phaco machines, Phaco Handpieces, and Ophthalmic Microscopes), equipment failure is bad news. Equipment failure on eye day typically means that cases have to be canceled and rescheduled. This does not help your reputation with patients and surgeons alike. Repairs then have to be called in and scheduled, which can happen fairly swiftly, but not always. Not only has your OR lost revenue from canceling the surgeries, but now you have accrued (often costly) repair expenses.

Outsourcing your cataract equipment with Surgical Direct eliminates equipment related cancellations and repair costs.

3 ways Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service brings peace of mind in this area: 

  1.  Our equipment is fully maintained up to manufacture specifications, enrolled in PM plans and routine software updates per manufacture recommendations.
  2. We provide backup equipment in case any issues arise. Every surgery day with Surgical Direct comes with backup machines so case cancellations are minimized as much as possible.
  3. Your facility will no longer need to worry about unexpected repair costs or costly preventative maintenance plans.

We’ve created a service that provides peace-of-mind in your OR when it comes to Cataract Surgery.

For 20 years, Surgical Direct Inc has been perfecting cataract surgery support operations across the country. Our Mobile Cataract Service model allows your facility to pivot from high-focused and time-consuming admin operations, to a tested, trusted, hands-off approach of hosting cataracts surgery in your facility.

Contact us today to learn just how easy it is to get started.

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Cataract Surgery Operations Management

How Valuable Is Your Peace of Mind?

Peace of mind…we are all after it. We all excel at a higher level when we know that everything is as it should be. We perform better surgery. We provide better patient care. We contribute more to the good of society. We are better human beings. The list goes on.

As with any surgery, administrative and logistical details (prior to and during) cataract surgery cannot be taken lightly and need adequate time, planning, and attention for success. Any OR administrator (or business leader for that matter) will tell you that streamlining your operational systems is a sure-fire way to raise efficiency and reduce stress.
Surgical Direct Inc provides a mobile cataract service that provides the latest cataract equipment to your OR with no capital outlay. Along with equipment provisions, we provide customized and flexible case supplies (eliminating in-house inventory) and provide highly trained cataract technicians for every cataract case in your OR.

Mobile Cataract Services with Surgical Direct provides:

• Surgery Day Stability

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct brings surgery day stability to your OR. We meticulously pack equipment and supplies for the day with ample amounts of backups and a “can-do” attitude. Our technicians come ready for whatever the day brings, are trained to troubleshoot equipment, help with turnover, and provide additional intra-op assistance when called upon.

• Capital Investment & Ongoing Expense Relief

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct eliminates the need to spend your capital dollars on cataract equipment. This includes Phaco technology, microscopes, hand-pieces, instruments, and disposable supplies. Additionally, if you don’t purchase the equipment, you won’t have to pay for repairs and maintenance contracts either. Plus, allowing SDI to take over your supply and lens inventory saves your team hours of inventory and reduces PO count dramatically.

• Extra Levels of Safety

Using old equipment for surgery could be a risk. Not only is the technology outdated, but the possibility of equipment failure is higher. New Phaco technology provides higher/more efficient cut rates, fluidics, and safety features. Plus, all our machines are manufacture-maintained and up to date at all times. Safety always comes first at Surgical Direct.

• Flexibility for the Future

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct brings a level of flexibility to your OR that you would not have on your own. We provide the opportunity for surgeons to be flexible with their equipment preferences (eg. trying a new technology). Or perhaps you have another surgeon that would like to operate in your facility but does not prefer the equipment you have. Having the option to provide multiple surgeons with their preferences in equipment without spending large amounts of capital is a benefit that should not be overlooked. 

• Open Doors for Expansion.

Outsourcing with Surgical Direct opens expansion opportunities that perhaps were not possible before. Opening a second room (fully outfitted with all the equipment you need) is simple. Expanding our service to other locations you’re connected with is as simple as letting us know who to talk to. If you want to grow, Surgical Direct is the expansion partner you need to talk to. 

We’ve found that for many of our partners, after transitioning to the outsourcing model, have dramatically increased their ‘Peace of Mind’ and have built more successful and efficient cataract surgery programs in their ORs. And it’s not just administrators, surgeons love us too ;). But don’t just take our word for it, read through our reviews. 

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