Operating Room Cost Management

Hospital systems (small and large) have been freezing capital expenditures and reducing expenses as much as possible across the country. Priorities for OR administrators and decision makers have shifted to conserving cash in any way possible due to the effects of COVID19. Outpatient procedures were shut down altogether for months. Certain states have re-opened elective surgeries, yet some facilities still have restrictions on case volume. Needless to say, it’s been an unprecedented year for healthcare.

Ophthalmology has lost the most volume in 2020 than any other specialty, seeing an 81% volume drop compared to 2019 (according to eyewire.news).

Cataract Surgery in particular has dropped 97% in procedure volume. This is largely due to the restrictions that have been in effect for elective surgeries and COVID precautionary measures in place. In-office patient checkups are at an all time low due to the pandemic. Hardly anyone is going to see their healthcare provider unless it’s an emergency.

As new COVID19 infection rates drop, elective surgeries have started to reopen. The more restrictions are lifted, the more we can expect to see a backlog of elective surgeries begin to flood our ORs. In other words, we may be facing a potential surge in elective surgery across the country.

This creates a unique challenge we’ve never encountered before. On a large scale, hospitals and ASCs will see surges in elective surgery cases, while experiencing strict spending restrictions due to the previous months of record-low revenues. Even if the facility has capital to spend, ophthalmic cases might be the last specialty on the list to acquire new technology or receive any investment.

Outsourcing your cataract equipment is a solution you should be considering.

Surgical Direct offers a perfect partnership model for the current landscape.

1) Access new technology with no capital expense.

We deliver the equipment to your facility on the day of surgery; Phaco machines, microscopes, hand-pieces, lenses, case supplies, and backups.

2) Eliminate your ongoing maintenance costs.

We maintain and repair our equipment directly with the manufacturer, ensuring that our equipment is working safely and efficiently at all times.

3) Eliminate inventory management costs.

Our Mobile Cataract Services include case supply and lenses for each case. Eliminate the time/cost connected to ordering, reordering, stocking, and expiration losses of cataract supplies from your facility.

4) Increase your facility’s surgery day potential.

Increase your cataract days from 1 room to 2 (or even 3) rooms with no capital expense, allowing room for more cases and increased revenue.

This just scratches the surface.

Our goal is to be a service that reduces your overall expense and increases your efficiency in cataract surgery and your level of patient care.

Partnership is the way forward. Partner with us!

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Not All Mobile Cataract Services Are Created Equal

As a service provider in today’s economy, it’s crucially important to find and nurture the “lasting impact attributes” (or the key differentiation practices) that stick with a client and build lasting trust from their experience with your service. In truth, it goes way beyond the service itself.

We have all experienced (to some degree) a service or product that talked the big talk, but when it came down to the day-in/day-out interactions, it was a disappointment. Sure, perhaps the service or product was everything as advertised, but the details in-between did not deliver.

The reality is that the more “weight” or dependance that is involved with a service’s role…the level of trust with that services has to match. When you are dealing with patients (their time, their vision, their over-all health, and their safety), trust and consistent follow-through is a must!

10 ways Surgical Direct is different in our approach to Mobile Cataract Services.

 

Our goal is not to just offer a service. Our goal is to be a reliable partner that adds value to your OR, practice, and the patient experience. This bleeds into almost every aspect of our service, because it’s not just about checking the to-do’s off the list. The partnership mindset we foster plays into all of the below areas:

1) Consistent Technology

Consistency is important for efficiency. You will always get the same tech that you’ve requested on every surgery day. We will not bring something your haven’t approved or are not comfortable working with. This includes phaco, microscope, 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 (unforseen) 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 smooth 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 because 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 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. The tech’s learn the surgical style of their surgeon and protocol with the OR team so each day is as smooth as possible, achieving a true “team” approach.

6) Highly-Trained Cataract Coordinators

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.

7) 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 a new account.

8) 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.

9) Retina, Glaucoma MIGS, SLT, & YAG Access

Being a 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 easily to your surgery day, we’ll provide what you need. Add-on SLT & YAG procedures to your day to lower your travel (especially beneficial in satellite locations).

10) 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 locations equipment, or let us help you move from 1 to 2 room surgery days. Whatever your need is, we are motivated to be a resource and parter to help you achieve the growth you are looking for.

It’s a goal of ours to be the best Mobile Cataract Service provider in the US. The above 10 examples are intentional ways we have developed to be become just that. Still on the fence? Read through our reviews and see what our long-time partners have to say about what it’s like to work with us.

Whether you are looking to outsource for the first time, or are unhappy with your current cataract service, Surgical Direct makes the transition painless and beneficial for your practice and OR team.

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A Time To Work Together

Today, perhaps more than ever, recognizing the need to work together might be one of the most crucial elements to getting through these unique times. We all know the saying that “2 is better than 1” in reference to solving a problem. Or maybe you’ve heard the African Proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. If you are reading this, you most likely work in healthcare. We know we don’t need to convince you of the benefits of working together in healthcare, which consists of 11% of the entire workforce in the United States. Teamwork (working together) is essential for good healthcare and good healthcare would cease to exist without it.

Surgical Direct Inc is in the business of working together with Ophthalmologists and OR facilities to create an atmosphere of teamwork and possibility. We firmly believe that together can remove barriers, which helps us achieve safer and more efficient surgery with better outcomes for your patients. We work with physicians and OR teams all over the country, enhancing the cataract surgery day experience.

Surgeon’s feel safe with us.

The surgeon is always the captain of the ship in the OR. Our goal is to reduce barriers for our surgeons so they can focus on performing surgery to the best of their ability. This means providing surgeons with everything they need so they have peace of mind and feel comfortable while operating.

  1. New phaco & microscope technology at your fingertips.
  2. Tailored supply lists from your preferred brands
  3. Coordinated Lens Picks (Primary, Sulcus, AC, & Premium)
  4. Backup supplies for the day to ensure all accidental contaminations are covered (this includes lenses).
  5. Trained Technicians who support cataract surgery every day. Our guys are heavily trained in equipment protocol and specs, and are in the room ready to assist on every case!

We take unneeded pressure off of your OR Staff.

Like the surgeon, your OR team has enough weight on their shoulders. Between other case specialties in your OR, to supply inventory management, and (most importantly) patient care…your team needs to stay focused on what matters.

Surgical Direct becomes part of your team and alleviates the following:

  1. Cataract Supply Inventory Management
  2. Case Supply Pulling
  3. IOL Implant Consignment Management
  4. Equipment Cost, Maintenance, Repairs, and Troubleshooting
  5. Storage space needs for equipment & supplies
  6. And More…

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.

We believe in teamwork. We believe in working together to accomplish a smoother, safe cataract surgery experience. If you’ve never considered mobile cataract services, we believe now is a perfect time to start.

Interested in learning more about what it looks like?

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Now Is The Time To Start Outsourcing Cataracts

Being strategic with how you manage your OR is so important in the season we are in. Maybe (more than ever), it’s that much more important to save your capital dollars for specialties that will be most beneficial to your revenue growth. That is why we believe right now might be one of the best times to consider Mobile Cataract Services with Surgical Direct Inc.

Why? Well, there are numerous benefits! Let’s look at some scenarios…

“Our OR currently does not facilitate Cataract Surgery. Getting started seems overwhelming.”

Adding Cataract surgery to your OR can bring a new stream of revenue and put your staff back to work, which we all know right now (because of COVID-19) that everything helps! Many facilities who have a desire to branch into new specialties face common problems like:

  1.  “We don’t have the capital to purchase a phaco & microscope and the surgeon wants the latest technology.”
  2. “All the details of getting started feels overwhelming, from inventory, equipment, and staff training.”
  3. “We would love to branch into Ophthalmology, but we don’t have a surgeon relationship yet and don’t have time or network to get started.”

Cataract outsourcing with Surgical Direct will help in all 3 of these areas. We provide the latest equipment (whatever phaco & microscope the surgeon wants to use) directly to your OR without spending a dime of capital. Along with the equipment, we bring trays, packs, disposable supplies, and implants (tailored to the surgeon’s request) so your inventory stress is alleviated! On top of that, our technicians (who come every surgery day and provide hands-on support throughout the day) are trained and experienced in everything associated with cataract surgery. Leaning on their experience helps relieve the tension of the day.

Don’t have a surgeon relationship yet? Our established network in the ophthalmology world can be of use. All you need to do is let us know that you are interested in getting started with cataracts, and we’ll do the legwork of looking for a surgeon that wants to operate in your area.

But maybe you are reading this and already facilitate Cataracts?

“We already facilitate cataracts. Why start outsourcing now?”

 

Using Surgical Direct’s mobile cataract service comes with big benefits for facilities already managing a cataract program.

  1. Upgrading your phaco & microscope can happen immediately with no capital costs.
  2. Equipment flexibility (allowing the surgeon to change and try new technology easily, or multiple surgeons able to use different systems from each other)
  3. In-house inventory of cataract disposable supplies and IOL implants can be decreased dramatically (or even eliminated), allowing your team’s time and focus to go elsewhere. We take over inventory and ordering of supplies and lenses completely.
  4. Multi-room capacity upgrades! Jump from 1 room days to to 2 room days. We simply bring more equipment, and your day’s capacity just doubled.
  5. No Maintenance Costs. We maintain our equipment according to manufacture guidelines and PM schedules.
  6. Extra Hands. Our technicians jump in wherever they can from assisting the surgeon with setting to helping with room turnover so the day runs as smooth as possible.

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.

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Anesthesia for your Cataract Cases

At Surgical Direct, we help ORs efficiently provide cataract cases in both upstart and long-term programs in hospitals and ASCs across the country.

Sometimes, getting started with new specialties (like eyes) in your OR can be daunting. Managing an ongoing cataract program on your own can also be task heavy and has its nuances.

Whichever category you are in (getting started or currently managing), here’s an important action-list to consider:

  • The Latest Specialty-Specific Equipment
    1. Getting started on your own requires new equipment purchases and thousands in capital
    2. If you are already manage a cataract program, you’ll know the weight of maintenance & equipment upkeep
  • Specialty-Specific Instrumentation & Nuanced Sterilization Guidelines
  • New Inventory Supply Lists & Consignments
    1. Inventory supply management for cataract surgery can be weighty.
    2. Lens Consignment management can be time-consuming
    3. Vendors Relationships & PO management
  • Surgical Staff Training
  • Staffing Increases (Including Anesthesia)

Surgical Direct Inc covers all the bases (listed above) in getting started and managing a cataract program in your OR, except anesthesia.

It’s not an un-common scenario that adding days to the OR’s schedule can cause scheduling conflicts with anesthesia.

Because we cover 15+ states, we have developed relationships that could be a potential resource to you. Our goal is to provide the best care and service for cataracts, and to be a resource and asset to your team in any way possible.

Surgical Direct announces a partnership with CPR Anesthesia to help with options in providing anesthesia coverage for Cataracts.

CPR Anesthesia is a full-service anesthesia placement and management group that provides:

  • Anesthesia group management
  • CRNA and MDA locum tenen, PRN, or full-time placement
  • Anesthesia-specific billing
  • Scheduling
  • Credentialing assistance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Multiple Specialties

Surgical Direct has formed a relationship with CPR because we’ve found that sometimes anesthesia conflicts can be a real deterrent in getting started with new specialties like eyes. We would never partner with a service that we don’t believe in.

If you are facing a similar scenario in your OR and would like to explore the possibility of adding a new specialty to your OR, give us a call and let us connect you with our network!

Never heard of Surgical Direct?

For 20 years, Surgical Direct Inc has been perfecting cataract surgery support operations. We provide stability, service, and efficiency to your OR with per-case pricing and the flexibility to use what you want, when you need it. This includes:

  • New Phaco Systems (Like Alcon Centurion, B&L Stellaris, & J&J Signature Pro)
  • Ophthalmic Microscopes (Like Alcon LX3 & Zeiss Lumera)
  • Ample Instrument Trays (Enough for total compliance with sterilization guidelines)
  • Case Supply Management (Drapes, blades, cannulas, and bss)
  • IOL Consignment Management (Including premium & backup lenses)
  • As-Needed Supply Requests (Malyugin Rings, CTRs, and Vitrectors)
  • Quality On-Demand Support (In-room help with the equipment and turnover on every case)
  • Multiple Room Setup Access (Tackle your cataract case backlog from COVID19)
  • And so much more…

Now is a great time to start the dialogue about an upgraded cataract program with Surgical Direct. Contact our team today for more information.

Increase Your Cataract Surgery Capacity

In the near future, partnerships and creative solutions may be the difference in quickly ramping up your cataract surgery intake after Covid19. The reality we are all facing, due to the halt of elective surgery, is Ophthalmologists and OR facilities alike will be looking for creative ways to stretch their resources and figure out how to make up for lost time.

Surgical Direct Inc is the partner you’ve been looking for!

Surgical Direct Inc is here to help increase your Cataract Surgery Capacity.

For 20 years, Surgical Direct Inc has been perfecting cataract surgery support operations. We provide stability, service, and efficiency to your OR with per-case pricing and flexibility to use what you want, when you need it.

This includes:

  • New Phaco Systems (Like Alcon Centurion, B&L Stellaris, & WhiteStar Signature Pro)
  • Ophthalmic Microscopes (Like Alcon LX3 & Zeiss Lumera)
  • Case Supply Management (Drapes, blades, cannulas, and bss)
  • IOL Consignment Management (Including premium & backup lenses)
  • As-Needed Supply Requests (Malyugin Rings, CTRs, and Vitrectors)
  • Quality On-Demand Support (In-room help with the equipment and turnover on every case)
  • And so much more…

Now may be the time that you should seriously consider a cataract outsourcing partnership. A partnership with Surgical Direct Inc gives you the option to:

1) Operate with the latest Phaco & Microscope without spending any capital dollars.

That’s right…$0 dollars of investment. Use your capital for more profitable specialties.

2) Increase your capacity to 2 (or even 3) rooms for cataracts in the same surgical day.

We’ll provide enough equipment (and in-person support) to run 2 or 3 rooms. This can increase your daily case volume and significantly tackle your case back log.

3) Grow your eye practice intake with new satellite locations, using the same standardized case supplies, equipment, and service.

For Ophthalmologists, starting satellite locations expands your patient intake potential, which can significantly increase your practice revenue. We specialize in satellite surgery, and our satellite surgeons love our dependability and consistency, no matter where they operate.

4) Expand your availability and add surgical days to your facility (without putting more strain on the OR staff and admin team), including options for Friday & Saturday surgery days.

Getting creative about adding surgery days may be a huge help in tackling your back log. Surgical Direct is now offering the option to support Saturday surgery days for our clients.

5) Jumpstart a Cataract Program in a facility that currently does not offer Cataracts. 

Perhaps you are reading this post as an OR administrator looking for creative ways to add to new revenue streams to your OR and currently do not facilitate cataracts in your OR. You are in the right place!

If you have a desire to get Cataracts started in your facility, Surgical Direct is the partner you’ve been looking for. Our turn-key cataract program allows you to get cataracts started in your facility, mitigating the hassle and upstart capital to do so. 

Our plug & play program connects surgeons, hospitals/ASCs, and referring OD’s in your community, to get the ball rolling. We then provide the equipment and supplies to your facility on surgery day. Starting a cataract program in your facility is easier with Surgical Direct.

Now is a great time to start the dialogue about an upgraded cataract program.

We are all in this together!

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How To Prepare for the Cataract Surgery Influx

COVID-19 has created unique and challenging circumstances for us all. Elective surgeries are by-and-large on hold for at least the next 30 days and due to the outbreak and containment challenges that the virus brings, it’s still too early to know exactly how long the non-essential medical procedure “freeze” will go on.

But what we do know is that the Covid-19 crisis will eventually come to an end and things will get back to normal. When that happens, ophthalmologists and other specialties will likely start piling on the cases that have been put on hold during this time so that they can take care of their patients’ needs.

We foresee this potentially creating an elective surgery influx for the latter half of 2020.

How to prepare for the cataract surgery influx  after Covid-19.

If you are already doing cataracts in your facility….consider the following:

1) Take inventory of your case supplies and lenses.

Being prepared is the best way to make sure that you are ready to take on the influx. Take inventory of your case supplies and vendor relationships to make sure that the supply chain is ready for a busy spell. This might be more challenging than normal as many specialties will all be doing this at the same time, so getting all the supplies needed for each day might be stressful.

*Alternatively, forming a partnership with Surgical Direct eliminates the need to manage any of your cataract supply inventory (AND Lens Inventory) and drastically reduces the heavy-lifting for you and your team. We coordinate with you and your surgeons, providing tailor-made case supply lists and lens picks for each case, bringing all supplies with us on the day of surgery. Think of the hours you could save.

2) Check the health of your cataract equipment

Checking the health of your phaco machines, hand-pieces, and microscopes before the influx hits is important, which may include performing in-house tests, and scheduling PM checks with the manufacturer. You don’t want an equipment failure to halt surgery in the middle of an influx. If your equipment is 10+ years old, now may be a good time to consider upgrading to new technology. The real problem we will likely be facing is that facility budgets will be very tight for the remainder of the year.

*Alternatively, forming a partnership with Surgical Direct opens the door immediately to access the latest cataract technology. Our per-case pricing model allows you access with no capital expense. Plus, you won’t need to worry about PM’s, repair costs, or backups. We take care of everything.

If you are not doing cataracts in your facility….the near future may be the right time to start.

Surgical Direct’s turn-key cataract program allows you to get cataracts started in your facility, mitigating the hassle and upstart capital to do so.  Don’t have a relationship with a cataract surgeon in your area? No problem! Our plug & play program connects surgeons, hospitals/ASCs, and referring OD’s in your community, to get the ball rolling. We then provide the equipment and supplies to your facility on surgery day. Starting a cataract program in your facility is easier with Surgical Direct.

So, as we all think about preparing for the elective surgery influx after covid19, planning ahead is the key. Now is a great time to start the dialogue about an upgraded cataract program with Surgical Direct.

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Increase Cataract Surgery Efficiency

“How can my OR team increase Cataract Surgery Efficiency?”

This is a question that every OR admin team and Ophthalmologist should be asking themselves. Efficiency is a key component to your day-to-day operations that ensures that your patients receive the absolute best care they deserve. Efficiency is not only about reducing OR time. It’s about putting systems in place that reduce barriers like stress, friction, and obstacles. When you are able to address the areas in your OR that cause these barriers, this is when everything “clicks” and your OR turns into a well-oiled, efficient machine that provides exceptional patient care.

We all want to provide better care, get better outcomes, in the most efficient way possible. But how do you practically do so in today’s medical landscape?

Meet Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service.

Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service is a hands-on partnership between surgeon, facility, and our full-service equipment provisions. We provide a solution that enables highly-efficient cataract surgical processes for your OR team, allowing more focus and attention to patient care, and less focus on the details of preparing for surgery.

How does Surgical Direct help increase cataract surgery efficiency?

  1.  New Phaco & Microscope technology: No capital or maintenance.
    Simply put, new technology helps enhance surgical efficiency. New Phaco systems report more efficient (and safer) cataract removal percentages than older equipment. Microscope technology in 2020 provides optics that enhance the surgeon’s view, which in effect can improve surgical outcomes and efficiency in the procedure. Surgical Direct provides all that you need at no capital expense and no maintenance costs: Phacos, Oph Microscopes, & all needed handpieces & trays specific to your facilities needs.
  2. Comprehensive & Flexible Supply Management: No admin burden on your team. Surgical Direct provides comprehensive supply chain provisions for all needed case supplies (minus drugs), tailored to the surgeon & facility needs. We coordinate with the surgeon on desired supplies, case volume, and specialty items in the weeks and days prior to surgery. On the morning of surgery, we bring everything needed for the day plus ample amounts of backups. What this means for the facility is no admin hours wrapped up in inventory.
  3. Full IOL line provisions: Premium, Primary, Sulcus, AC, and backups.IOL consignments are TIME-CONSUMING! We have a full-time lens inventory specialists that coordinates with the surgeon’s office to ensure that all lens picks are accounted for and pulled for day of surgery. This includes ordering special/premium lenses, and ensuring that backups are readily available, alleviating the guesswork on surgery day.
  4. Hands-On intra-operative support: Highly-trained, vetted, and reliable. Our surgical coordinators bring the equipment & supplies to your OR on the day of surgery, with plenty of time for sterilization, setup, and equipment priming. During surgery, our guys play a hands-on role with machine settings, helping open supplies, room turn-over, and more. They become part of the team in helping the day run as efficiently as possible.
  5. Team-focused partnership: A team mindset enhances efficiency. With Surgical Direct, you gain an industry partner that helps all aspects of your cataract surgery practice become better. Deep in our culture, we believe in the power of teamwork and positivity. We’ve played a major role in helping hundreds of OR’s across the country enhance their operational systems, provide better patient care, and increase cataract surgery efficiency.

Our turn-key cataract program is something we think you should at least consider. Give us a call or schedule a free demo today to get a full picture of what a mobile cataract service can provide.

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2 Rooms in 2020

Double your Cataract Surgery Capacity with Surgical Direct Inc

Are you tired of capacity limitations (as well as efficiency) during cataract days in your OR? Often times it’s only possible to have 1 room operational for cataracts because you simply don’t have enough equipment to pull it off efficiently. It also can be a logistical challenge due to supply demands and staffing. But the truth is, there are many OR teams (perhaps even yours) that wish they could run 2 rooms on cataracts days, but simply don’t have the means to do it.

Here’s some season’s cheer for you! Not only does Surgical Direct make it possible to set up 2 rooms, but we also bring knowledge, efficiency, and support to your OR that makes 2 room days even more efficient than if you tackled them on your own.

Go from 1 room to 2 rooms with Surgical Direct and double your Cataract day capacity.

1) Capital is a NON-issue

SDI creates the pathway of least resistance for you to gain access to the latest cataract technology (enough for 2 fully-operational rooms in your OR) at no capital expense. Equipment is delivered to your OR on the day of surgery by our highly trained support team members…which brings us to our next point.

2) Double your case-turnover and in-case support

2 Room days with Surgical Direct not only provides enough equipment for your day but also provides 2 highly-trained SDI team members who deliver the equipment and help throughout the day. SDI coordinators are intensively trained and certified to assist with machine settings, setup and tear-down, room-turnover, and supply chain requests.

3) Half your Inventory Hours: Case Supplies & Lens Inventory

Along with equipment, Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service provides facility and surgeon all the case supplies they need to do their job well (minus drugs). Case disposables, instruments, and lenses are meticulously packed prior to surgery day with our detailed pack-out lists that are tailored to the surgeon and facilities requests. This includes lens picks, which we coordinate directly with the surgeon’s office, and are triple-checked before arrival.

At Surgical Direct, our mission to reduce the resistance and create clear pathways to efficiency and success for all. There are many details and benefits that we offer (too many to list here) that we believe will create a meaningful partnership of success for surgeon, facility, and patients alike.

Don’t hesitate to get started! With all that is on the horizon, now is a great time to upgrade from 1 room to 2. Surgical Direct gives you the means to do it!

Contact us today and let’s talk about your needs and how we can help!

Preparing For The End-Of-Year Cataract Rush

We call November-December the “End-Of-Year Cataract Rush”. Insurance deductibles generally roll-over on Jan 1, and for many patients, deductibles have been met fully met towards the end of the year. This means that (generally speaking) Ophthalmologists and their practices experience the an influx of cataract cases in the last 2 months of the year. In fact, this is true for many other specialty fields as well. Since we are in the cataract surgery business, our team experiences this and expects this every year.

How To Prepare For the Busy Cataract Surgery Season?

1) The Right Team

A big piece of the puzzle is making sure your OR systems are fine-tuned and ready to run smoothly. A well-oiled machine runs smoother and more efficiently. Who is in charge of what? Do you have designated point-people on your team that act as the “go-to person” for specific roles in the context of cataract day? If not, then your team has holes in how efficient you can be.  This is tough for many OR’s because eyes are not the only (and also not the most profitable) cases and your team can only wear so many hats!

Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service provides a highly-trained and experienced technician for every case we provide equipment for. This means, for every cataract surgery with us, you will have help, knowledge, and support. In our experience (and from the mouth of our customers), our guys help increase efficiency through their supply management skills, preparation, and assistance with technical specs on the equipment.

2) The Right Equipment

Speaking of equipment, you need the right equipment if you want to increase your efficiency. Every time new cataract technology is released,  there have been enhancements made in safety and efficiency from the previous technology. Study the evolution of every phaco platform and ophthalmic microscope in the past 20 years, and every update has included technology, software, and hardware updates that support safer and more efficient surgery. That begs to reason that if you use the latest technology available for cataracts, you’ll likely have shorter and safer cases. The biggest hurdle for most ORs….the cost to keep up with the technology!

Surgical Direct is your technology solution! Using our services, you’ll be able to stay current with ophthalmic technology, without investing your capital dollars, or dealing with the necessary equipment maintenance.

3) The Right Supplies

Having what the doctor needs when they need it is a crucial part of keeping case time low. Ophthalmologists use a wide variety of unique (and tiny) supplies that are very specific. To the untrained eye, 20 cannulas look the same, but under a microscope, they are all different and used for specific purposes in surgery. Most OR teams can figure this out for normal routine cases. It gets tricky when the surgeon wants to implant a different lens or has a complication (minor or major). Keeping all regular and irregular supplies and lenses stocked can be a time-consuming task.

Part of our Mobile Cataract Service includes inventory management for both case supplies and lenses. We work directly with the surgeon to ensure they have what they need (and what they want on-hand). During surgery, we play an active role in the room, grabbing requested supplies, assisting with lens changes, and helping with case turnover.

So remember, during this end-of-year rush think about your efficiency in regards to cataracts. Is there room for improvement? We are ready to partner with you and your OR in 2020 to give you the most seamless and efficient cataract experience possible!

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