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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Cataract Reimbursements Change In 2020

Medicare has proposed more cuts for Cataract reimbursements for surgeons in 2020, maybe as much as 15% for non-complicated procedures. If you haven’t heard of this yet, read through Review of Ophthalmology’s article titled “Medicare Proposes Another Cut In Cataract Reimbursement”.

Reduced cataract reimbursements, once again, creates a unique situation for surgeons and their practices, having to (a) settle for a reduction in revenue, or (b) figure out a solution to raise their case volume and productivity to make up the difference. We’ve done a little math on our end, and it looks like surgeons will have to add an average of 3-4 cases per surgery day to bring in the same revenue.

Surgical Direct can help make you make up the difference!

Surgical Direct is your cataract outsourcing solution, delivering a service of excellence with care. Our Mobile Cataract Services boost your efficiency standards to new levels.

Here are 3 practical ways that we can help increase your revenue.

1) Satellite Locations

Have you thought about adding a satellite location? More surgery days is probably one of the best ways for you to increase your practice revenue. With satellite locations,  your market reach is multiplied without the heavy investment of opening a second office, time, and the slow climb of establishing your practice in a new market. 

Surgical Direct partners with you in making satellite locations an easy solution for growth. We do all the legwork by connecting you to our OD referral network to get those cataract referrals rolling in.

Plus, we work with the satellite facility so that you can walk in the door, operate with the equipment and supplies you are comfortable with, and walk out. We take care of all the operational details for you.

2) New Technology (with provided backups)

Newer Phaco and Microscope platforms provide extra measures of efficiency and safety for every patient. Harder cataracts are removed easier, in less time, with better post-op results (generally speaking, but there’s also science behind that statement).

Surgical Direct gives you the opportunity to upgrade your Phaco and Microscope platforms when you want to without spending the capital, which gives you the opportunity to increase your efficiency right now, instead of waiting for funds to become available.

We also provide backup machines for every surgery day, so equipment delays are a non-issue and the day can continue to flow. No more equipment issue delays.

3) Surgery Add-On Options Made Easy

Cases that would be categorized as “Complicated” for reimbursement, generally require different inventory and support than your average case. When it comes to planned surgical Add-on options that can increase your reimbursement rates, Surgical Direct has you covered! Your office requests it, we provide it. This includes Hydrus Microstent systems, iStent inject systems, Omni Glaucoma Systems, and more.

When it comes to the unexpected case scenarios, Surgical Direct Coordinators come prepared for all un-expected case scenarios as well, stocking ample backup supplies like Iris Rings/Hooks, CTRs, Vits, and extra Viscoelastics for the day.

In short, Surgical Direct is here for you, determined to be your partner in all your cataract surgery needs and help you take your practice to the next level.

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3 Ways To Prepare for The Baby Boomer Cataract Influx

The Baby Boomer generation is currently within range for cataracts, which right now is estimated to be 76 million people in the US between the ages of 55-75. According to studies, the average age of cataract surgery patients today is 60.  This means that we are nearing (if not already in) history’s busiest years in Ophthalmology.

On top of these stats, articles published by Mayo Clinic News Network, Today.com, and Review of Ophthalmology all write of Boomers trending to opt-in for cataract surgery at earlier ages than previous generations. It is no wonder, as increases in IOL technology, phaco technology, and newly approved procedural options are producing better refractive outcomes. Cataract surgery is now more convenient, has better outcomes, and is less strenuous on patients than ever.

Big improvements in vision + minimally invasive procedure + 98% success rate = Baby Boomer Cataract Influx! Why not?

3 Ways To Prepare For The Baby Boomer Cataract Influx

1 ) Streamline Your Operational Structure – Maximize your Efficiency

The influx of Baby Boomer cataract surgery means that Ophthalmologists will be in high demand, and cataract surgery will be at all-time-high numbers. This means that it’s really important to prepare your facility, staff, and operational structure for an increase in patients. More surgeries mean longer days, so streamlining your operational structure will be essential to ensure that your facility is ready to perform more surgeries in as little time as safely possible.

How do you do this? Organizing an “Eye Team” is one of the best ways to increase efficiency. The eye team is made up of circulating nurses, scrubs, and support staff that are trained and know what to do in their specific roles. From room turnover, sterilization processing, and intra-op steps and norms, having a trained, experienced, and designated team is one of the best ways to increase speed while remaining safe.

2) Acquire the Latest Technology – Increase Safety + Efficiency

New Phaco and Microscope technology improve the surgical efficiency of the surgeon while increasing safety for the patients. The surgeon is able to cut, asperate, and remove the cataract faster and safer (in a more controlled intraocular environment)  with new Phaco technology than with old technology. New microscope technology increases the surgeon’s view dramatically, giving them more control over the surgery while increasing safety for the patient. Both of these areas can help reduce the intra-op time of each case, and increase the day’s efficiency while retaining (or even increasing) safety standards.

3) Optimize Your Inventory Management Systems – Reduce the Back-End Hours

More cases mean more supplies. More supplies mean more purchase orders to process, organize, stock, pull and reorder after surgery. For anyone who has handled eye surgery inventory, you already know how much work is entailed in this department. With an influx of cases, this means an increase in back-end hours. It’s important to optimize your inventory systems to make sure you fine-tune your operations to eliminate lag as much as possible.

These above 3 tasks to streamline your cataract systems are easier said than done. But we have good news!

Surgical Direct fits the bill in each of these areas.

1) Surgical Direct helps streamline your operational structure.

At Surgical Direct, we acclimate to your environment and become part of the team. Our experienced surgical coordinators not only deliver the equipment and supplies but offer technical assistance and support on every cataract case in your OR. This raises the overall ‘procedure knowledge’ in the room, and can increase the day’s efficiency.

2) Surgical Direct provides the latest cataract technology at no upfront cost.

Cataract Technology is expensive. In fact, MarketWatch.com predicts that the Cataract Surgery Device Market will surpass $8.5B by 2024.  This particular area can be the most challenging area for surgical facilities because of the capital. Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service provides the latest technology in Phaco, Ophthalmic Microscope and IOL to your OR with no capital expenditure.

3) Surgical Direct provides massive inventory support, eliminating your inventory for the majority of eye case supplies on-site.

Along with our technology provisions, we provide wide/customizable selections in eye case inventory for your cases (except drugs). This eliminates the need for your facility to carry these items and maintain inventory, freeing you and your staff for more important work.

Surgical Direct is here to help streamline your cataract operations to achieve the most efficient, safe, and cost-effective solution possible. Partner with Surgical Direct today and together we can provide the best in cataract care to your patients and community.

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Cataract Coordinators Enhance Your OR

For every surgery with Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service, we provide a surgical coordinator. Having experienced, aware, cordial, and supportive help in the OR during surgery can make a big difference in the efficiency of surgery day.  If you are part of a surgical team (or you are an Ophthalmologist), chances are, you have experienced a day (or many) when other members of the OR team on eye day have limited experience in cataract surgery. This is a common occurrence (to no one’s fault) based on how frequent an MD will bring cases to the facility, OR staff turnover, vacations, sick days, and more. Even if a scrub nurse is consistently ‘scrubbing’ eyes, it can take months for familiarity to set in, knowing the instruments by name, and the different dynamics of the case. Even at that point, knowing the equipment well enough to troubleshoot isn’t even on their radar.

From our experience, it’s actually the status-quo that the many of support staff teams in an OR have limited experience with cataract surgery unless they’ve been working directly with eyes for years. Even with years of experience, it’s not common knowledge for nurses to know the ins-and-outs of the procedure to the point where they are preemptively prepared for a lens change, extra viscoelastic, or a Vit. Simply because they don’t need to know that information.

Cataract Coordinators Enhance Your OR

In no way do we intend to diminish the hard-working heroes of each and every OR we step into. The nursing and scrub staffs that we encounter daily are exceptionally hardworking and smart individuals, most having a wealth of surgical knowledge far greater than we possess at Surgical Direct. We honestly believe that!

The only difference (our unique advantage point) is that the Surgical Coordinators at Surgical Direct assist surgeons and staff with cataract surgery every single day.  It’s through routine, repetition, and our highly-intensive training program, that our surgical coordinators are equipped to provide the best cataract surgery support available.

Cataract Surgery Is What We Know.

Our coordinators are trained in:

  • Phaco & Microscope Technology (annually, directly with the manufacturers)
  • Equipment Failure and Troubleshooting
  • IOL, Instrumentation, & Case Supplies (annually, directly with the manufacturers)
  • Anatomy of the Eye
  • Phaco Dynamics (Procedure & Cataract Surgery Techniques)
  • Case Supply Management
  • OR Protocols (annually)
  • Workplace Safety (annually)
  • Sterile Field Protocol (annually)
  • And more

We don’t walk into the OR with a chip on our shoulder, acting like we know it all. We don’t operate that way. But we do know cataracts. We know surgical techniques. We learn doctor preferences quickly. We work hard to be punctual, prepared, pre-emptive, and positive.

We’ve found that arming our coordinators with knowledge equips them to better serve any OR team (no matter their experience level), any surgeon, in any OR. Their can-do attitudes and helpful mindsets can increase eye team efficiency dramatically, not to mention an increase in safety for the patients and ease-of-mind for the surgeon from day 1.

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5 Ways to Keep Cataract Surgeons Happy

As a Mobile Cataract Service, Surgical Direct is in the business of providing everything we can to our surgeons, ensuring that they are happy. It may seem arbitrary to bring up, but did you know that a happy cataract surgeon is a better cataract surgeon? Mood is a big factor of our performance in almost every area of life. Feeling comfortable, supported, and at ease (knowing that the details of the day have been thought through and proper preparations have followed) helps the surgeon perform better surgery. Less stress = Better Outcomes. So the question then stands, how do you keep your cataract surgeon happy?

5 ways to take care of your Cataract Surgeon.

1) New Equipment

New Cataract Technology (for the most part) will always make the surgeon happy. Of course, there are surgeons out there that prefer to stick with equipment that they’ve grown accustomed to. But in our experience, even if they are loyal to an older phaco platform, it’s only because they haven’t been able to try the newer technology yet. Sometimes they know that the hospital isn’t going to invest for them, so they train themselves to be content with what they have. But if we took a pole, close to 80% would opt to try the new equipment if given an opportunity. From our experience, the surgeon’s mood improves when they finally get the equipment they’ve heard about and have wanted to try. One of the best parts about a partnership with Surgical Direct is that your surgeon can upgrade to the latest cataract technology on the market without spending any hospital /ASC capital.

2) Reduced Turnover Times

Surgeons are busy individuals. Lag time in the OR can infuriate them (trust us…we know). Finding ways to reduce the in-between case turnover time will lighten their mood dramatically. Of course, each surgeon will have his or her own expectation of how long a turn-over ‘should’ take. We understand that sometimes, you can only turn-over so fast given the circumstances of hospital regulations, patient arrivals, and instrument prep. What we’ve found at Surgical Direct, is that there are always ways to preemptively prepare for a smoother day, no matter what obstacles may lie in your path. We make it our business to work with the OR team and the surgeon, streamlining the process to help the day run as smooth as possible.

3) Optimal Number of Cases

This next one will always vary based on the surgeon. Some surgeons like to load up the day with cases, while others only like a certain number and no more. Finding that happy balance is important for the mood of the surgeon on surgery day. Case volume is largely in the hands of the surgeon and their scheduling office, but it does help to know the “number” that each surgeon prefers and do what can be done to accommodate them. Knowing this can help the support team adjust. For example, if you have a surgeon that prefers 8 cases a day, but his office scheduled 10, most likely, the surgeon will be somewhat frustrated that the day will be longer than preferred. This gives us a chance to think creatively on how we can speed up the day and use an “all-hands-on-deck” mentality to speed up turnover, patient prep, etc. Trust us, your surgeon will notice and will appreciate the effort.

In the case of the surgeon not having enough cases (especially in Satellite Surgery Programs), Surgical Direct can connect your surgeon with more referring ODs within our referral network. This helps ensure that the surgeon’s trip into town will be more beneficial and productive, both for them and their patients.

4) Consistent / ‘PRO’ Eye Team

Having a consistent team on eye day is important. At Surgical Direct, we’ve learned that the surgeon is more comfortable and performs better surgery if familiar faces are in the OR. Walking into the OR full of people they don’t recognize and have no history with can put them on edge because they don’t know if they can trust you. That’s why consistently keeping the same circulators, scrubs, CRNA’s, and surgical coordinators in the room breed an environment of trust with the surgeon. The more you work with an individual, the more you know what to expect, how to prepare, and understand likes and dislikes. This is why, we do our part to designate our surgical coordinators to certain accounts.

Additionally, cataract surgeons can instantly recognize inexperience. Inexperience in the room can make a surgeon uneasy, depending on the surgeon’s personality. This is why it’s important to have your ‘Pro’ team of experience in the room as much as possible, until newer talent is comfortable and confident in their roles. At SDI, our surgical coordinators will never step foot into an OR alone until they’ve completed a 90day training period, and have proven that they are ready and capable to take on a surgery day.

5) Reduce Unnecessary Details for the Surgeon

Finally, the 5th way to keep your Cataract Surgeon happy is to take as much off their plate as is allowed (or possible). Surgeon’s have many details and aspects of the surgery on their mind at all times. It’s important for them to be focused on these details, as they are solely responsible for them:  like specific patient requirements and conditions, Lens calculations, ocular settings etc. This weighs heavy on them and they rely on their training to make the best decision possible. At Surgical Direct, we look for creative ways to take off their plate any other details that we can. This helps them focus on each case, helping them become better surgeons, and ultimately keeping them happy. The ‘details’ will be different for every surgeon. Sometimes just asking how we can make their day easier is the best place to start. Whatever way we can alleviate non-crucial details for them, will enable them to perform better surgery.

From our experience, these 5 practical ways create a successful and enjoyable work environment for cataract surgeons. We are committed to providing the best Mobile Cataract Service available to our partners.

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