The recent OR Today webinar “OR Utilization Guidelines” by Rachel LeMahieu, MSN, RNFA, CNOR, director of surgical services, cath labs and specials at Henderson Hospital in Nevada, was a hit with perioperative professionals.

She discussed enhancing OR use with modified block scheduling techniques, policy revision for block scheduling, capturing surgeon buy-in for block optimization and using resources for sustaining change in block allocation and utilization.

LeMahieu received her BSN from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her MSN at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is responsible for the clinical, financial and administrative functions of the operating room, pre-admit testing center, recovery room, pre-operative area, anesthesia, lithotripsy, sterile processing department, cath/specials lab and endoscopy. She has 17 years of experience in the operating room ranging from circulator, scrub, RNFA, educator, charge nurse, manager and director. Her latest project was the opening of Henderson Hospital Outpatient Surgery Department in the innovative medical community of Union Village.

Almost 200 people registered for the webinar and it received positive reviews in a post-webinar survey with a rating of 4.1 on a 5-point scale with 5 being the best possible score.

“Fantastic presentation, very impressive approach for block utilization,” shared L. Ru, manager.

“With some webinars, you really do not learn a lot. With this one, I did! All organizations struggle with similar issues so it is great to learn from others who have encountered and conquered these issues already. It was nice to have the policies and letter examples as resources along with the content,” said J. Richards, director of perioperative services.

“Excellent data documentation to validate implementation of plan of action to increase OR utilization guidelines. Excellent presentation,” said D. Myers, independent consultant.

“It was a great webinar. I enjoyed hearing about ways doctors could enhance their communication in block scheduling. Talking to them in person and also writing letters seems very effective. Also liked the color coding block schedule,” said V. Mallery, RN.

“This webinar was helpful in understanding how other facilities are managing block policies and enforcement to drive case volumes. Thank you for the insight,” said J. Peterson, surgical services business manager.

“Great webinar. I loved the fact that copies of policies as well as letters to the physicians were provided and shared. It was very helpful to know the calculation of block utilization as well. The tier system seems fair and reasonable,” shared T. Symonds, OR business manager.

The webinar series also received praise.

“OR Today webinars provide current, up-to-date useful content and tools in a succinct method. The take-aways are worth the brief time spent,” wrote S. Bisol, principal, periop Leaders Consulting.

“Practical and real world strategies for common OR challenges … you can’t miss it,” said T. Tscherne, regional director of surgical services and trauma.

“OR Today’s webinar presentations are timely, and spot on to the important topics facing today’s OR’s managers and directors,” wrote G. Harmon, director of perioperative nursing services.

“OR Today has awesome webinars – I can always find one that pertains to my area of work,” wrote S. White, RN, CNOR.

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