UCSF Urology fifth year resident, Lindsay Hampson, MD, won recognition for suggesting two ideas to reduce inefficiencies and health care costs as part of the Phase 1 roll out of the Caring Wisely initiative and UCSF Center for Healthcare Value.
Hampson’s first idea is to reduce turnover times for the operating room by offering a monetary incentive program to reward staff to decrease turnover times that are below a goal number of minutes. This incentive would be directed towards all members of the team to encourage buy-in and participation.
The second suggestion relates to supplies needed in an operating room. Each attending surgeon has an OR "preference list" for each specific case that they perform, which is a list of all of the supplies, equipment, and materials they need for that case. This list directs the operating room staff (OR scrub technician and OR nurse) in terms of what materials and supplies they need to gather and open for use in the operating room.
The OR preference lists are not kept up-to-date. Often, these lists are the result of a preference list that was made literally years ago, and even though the attending surgeon has made changes to the way they do the operation or the materials they use, the preference list is not updated and thus unnecessary supplies are opened and unused.
The full list of winners can be seen here.