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gical system for decompression pro- cedures of the spine. “There are many benefits to the patient,” she reports. “With a foraminoscope endoscopy sys- tem, my incision is smaller, the risk of infection is lower, and the patient is better faster and can return to normal activities quicker. And it can be used even in patients who had prior surger- ies, fusions and instrumentation.” New systems also can help you

manage your center, from benchmark- ing your financial performance to auto- mating your accreditation preparation process. Tamar Glaser, RN, is the presi- dent of MMX Healthcare, a software company that provides an online solu- tion for accreditation called Accred- Ability. As she explains, “The old days of

multiple three-ring accreditation

binders are over. Today’s technology al- lows you to maintain your accreditation requirements online. With task remind- ers, regulatory alerts and programmed edits, you can be in a position to never miss a deadline, never fail an inspec- tion and never be unprepared. Can your three-ring binder do all this?” Finally, innovative surgical and an- esthetic techniques are changing the way we do business and increasing the complexity of the cases that can be per- formed safely in an ASC. For example, advances in postoperative pain manage- ment techniques have improved pain control for ASC patients. “Narcotics are still the mainstay of postoperative pain management, but they come with unde- sirable side effects such as respiratory depression, sedation, nausea and vom-

iting,” explains Haywon Lieh, MD, an anesthesiologist and medical director of Aspen Surgery Center. “A multimodal approach to postoperative pain manage- ment appears to be an effective strategy to maximize patient comfort and sat- isfaction and minimize side effects. It involves the use of a combination of techniques and medications to achieve these goals.” I can agree with Steve Jobs on this:

“Technology is nothing. What’s impor- tant is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”

Terry Bohlke is vice president operations at National Surgical Hospitals, tbohlke@



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