Category Archives: ASC

21 December 2016

Sublingual Sufentanil Safe and Effective for Controlling Postoperative Pain

A recent postoperative pain study sponsored by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of sublingual sufentanil for controlling moderate to severe acute postoperative pain. AcelRx has an Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prove that sublingual sufentanil mini tablets are safe and efficacious in the treatment of moderate to severe acute postoperative pain. The sponsor approached Sheridan Clinical Research in April, 2016 about participating in this multicenter, randomized study of its 30-mcg sublingual sufentanil tablet, which must be administered by a healthcare professional. Sheridan anesthesiologist Juan Restrepo, MD, who had participated...

13 December 2016

Five Key Strategies for Driving Change in the OR

Now more than ever, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are seeking anesthesia partners capable of driving positive change in their operating rooms. However, for many anesthesia providers, there are hurdles that must be overcome before such change can be realized.

Anesthesia groups of any size, regardless of their financial strength, can employ proven strategies to ensure the success of facility-wide patient care improvement initiatives. Here are five such strategies that Dr. Adam Blomberg, Sheridan’s national education director, has found to be effective.

Collaborate with nursing and surgeons on incremental steps toward larger improvements

Securing the buy-in of nursing and surgical staff is...

27 December 2013

How are ASCs able to attract and retain surgeons?

Surgeons can choose any ASC. And with so many ASCs competing to keep them, they will. Three effective strategies have emerged to help retain them for the long term.

Surgeons like to work with the same OR staff. They are able to anticipate needs and be more efficient. Quicker OR times mean things are running smoother and surgeons are able to get in, get out and get back to their other patients. And new software also helps reduce OR transcription time.

When surgeons bring up issues, respond to them quickly. Having a point person to address these concerns or conducting regular meetings focused on listening keeps both surgeons and patients happy.

Read how one California ASC uses these and other ways to...

15 November 2013

RANDY HAGEN NAMED A TOP ASC INDUSTRY LEADER UNDER 40.

Each year, Becker’s ASC Review announces its list of 40 ASC Industry Leaders 40 Years or Younger. This year, Sheridan Healthcare is proud that regional practice director Randy Hagen ranks among the very best.

Hagen is in charge of Sheridan’s anesthesia services in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and hospitals across New Jersey. He has held various positions in upper management of ASC companies, including serving as CEO.

Randy is currently working toward his doctorate in health sciences, with a concentration in leadership. He has been a featured speaker for the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives and is actively involved in charities such as the Arthritis Foundation. Read...

16 October 2013

THE ART OF SURGICAL PREP: PAINTING IN THE OR.

Betadine used to be the predominant antiseptic prior to surgery. Although it is still the go-to staple, there are several other choices available in a range of colors and viscosities. Many hospitals, ASCs and other surgical environments are changing the not only the antiseptics used, but also the manner in which they are applied.

Rather than a standard enlarging square application, working from the center out, circles, squiggles and many other designs are being encouraged by circulating nurses. Artistic self-expression brings a sense of personal pride to the prep process.

Pathologists often use different colors to identify margins and highlight areas of concern. They too take pride in their colorful and helpful...

16 August 2013

AT SHERIDAN HEALTHCARE, WE KNOW THAT NOT JUST ANYONE CAN MANAGE AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS

Do convenient business hours, no calls and no weekend hours sound like a physician’s dream come true? These elusive elements do exist for Sheridan Healthcare providers in the ambulatory industry. Our providers have new and exciting choices in ambulatory anesthesia. Because we are the leading anesthesia outsourcing company in the nation, we can offer anesthesiologists and CRNAs an affirmative lifestyle.

Beside the benefits, Sheridan devotes a key group of leaders solely to managing our ambulatory surgery centers. Our physician-friendly services result in a more varied payer mix and rapid patient turnover. Physicians and providers enjoy a richer way of life and improved compensation.

Does...

23 July 2013

OFFERING ANESTHESIA SERVICES TO AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS SINCE 1985

Sheridan Healthcare understands the ambulatory surgery center business. After all, we provide anesthesia to over 181 facilities and 40 ASCs nationwide, perform more than 794,000 procedures annually and employ more than 1,300 anesthesia providers.

“As a leader in the industry, Sheridan is uniquely positioned to provide ambulatory surgery centers with improved anesthesiology services that are distinguished by managerial and clinical excellence and are backed by strong, individualized support,” said Sheridan Healthcare President Robert Coward.

We offer the perfect balance of clinical and operational expertise. All operational services needed to run your ASC are handled by us, in-house,...

21 June 2013

MORE CONSUMERS ARE SEEKING OUTPATIENT SERVICES FOR THEIR CARE.

With the demand for outpatient services increasing, hospital administrators are investing more in ambulatory services to remain competitive in the changing marketplace.. Healthcare information firm Sg2 projected in a 2010 report that the demand for outpatient services would increase by 22 percent.

Ambulatory care now accounts for the majority of many hospitals’ annual revenue. Because of this, it only makes sense for hospitals to proceed with joint ventures and acquisitions of  outpatient centers. Joan Dentler, president and founder of Outpatient Strategies and of ASC Strategies, gives three proven alignment strategies for minimizing risks and maximizing gains from ambulatory care partnerships.

Give...

23 April 2013

WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE FACILITY PHARMACISTS CAN AVOID UNNECESSARY MEDICATION EXPENSES.

Providing safe, efficient care and lowering costs is important to every anesthesia department. Dr. Steven Sheinman, Chairman of Anesthesia and Medical Director at North Miami Beach Surgical Center, said in an interview that anesthesia groups must work closely with the facility pharmacist to avoid unnecessary expensive medications.

The recent drug shortages have been a big challenge because there are times when we must order more expensive drugs when the less expensive alternatives are not available. ASCs should recently review formulary and removed drugs which were rarely used and replace other expensive brand name preparations with less expensive generic equivalents.  Replacing one product alone may result in...