5 Tips for a Seamless Transition to Anesthesia Management
Many organizations struggle with inadequate anesthesia coverage. Yet, they are hesitant to seek out or change management and staffing services. We’ve all heard horror stories about the challenges of transitioning to anesthesia management. But with strong leadership and the support of an experienced provider, this process doesn’t have to be painful or prolonged.
As you begin your partnership with a new anesthesia provider or management group, here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Maintain open lines of communication.
Any organizational change within your practice will involve many moving parts. During the adjustment period, it is crucial to keep lines of communication open and use them often. Ask for status reports from your staff about how the transition is going, then relay that information to your anesthesia management provider.
2. Schedule pre-implementation meetings.
Set up meetings between your anesthesia managers and your clinicians to make sure your provider understands how you operate as a facility. Not only will pre-implementation meetings pave the way for an effective partnership, they will also help communicate the benefits of anesthesia management to your staff.
3. Give your staff ample notice.
Make sure all members of your team are on the same page. There should be no confusion amongst your staff about what the transition will entail and when it will occur. Be sure to field any questions or concerns your staff might have, so everyone knows what to expect and feels confident in the changes and improvements that will be occurring.
4. Introduce services gradually.
If you are a large practice or hospital, work with your provider to introduce your services gradually. Get one department up and running smoothly to avoid having to handle multiple issues at once. Anesthesia management services will increase your facility’s operational efficiency long-term, so a thoughtful and measured approach to implementation is warranted.
5. Make your goals as a facility known.
Sharing your philosophy on treatment and patient care will align your anesthesia management service provider with your vision. The focus of this transition should be how you want to grow your practice. From there, a good provider will tailor the scope, services, and implementation plan to fit your needs. Remember: your anesthesia provider should be a fully integrated collaborator with your care team.
Facilitating a smooth transition to anesthesia management might seem like a daunting task, but by following these tips, you can ensure successful teamwork every step of the way.
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