006: Managing in Operating Room

November 10, 2014


 The Operating Room, Operating Theatre or Operating Suite is a mysterious place, even for health care staff. Healthcare Management Consultant Kate Mears discusses the changes to technology and management techniques and their impact on the work of the Operating Room.  


About my guest:

Kate Mears brings more than 30 years experience in Operating Theatre, Peri-Operative Suite and Healthcare Management Consulting to bear. Kate's many years of Nursing have culminated into the career of a much sought-after management consultant, Quality and Safety Specialist and Clinical Educator. Her post-graduate qualifications, including MBA and Master of Public Policy, along with international and inter-cultural experience, allow Kate to provide a unique perspective of healthcare, generally, and the Operating Theatre, specifically.



Episode Shownotes:



  • Calvary Hospital (Little Company of Mary). First co-located public-private operating theatre in Canberra  (Link)

  • Sentinel Event Notification. (Link)



  • Alex Macario. 2010. Editorial: What does one minute of operating room time cost? Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. Volume 22, Issue 4, Pages 233–236, June 2010 (Link)

  • Atul Gawande. 2011. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. Metropolitan (Link)

  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. 2008. Ensuring Correct Patient, Correct Site, Correct Procedure Protocol for Surgery: Review of implementation and proposals for action (Link)

  • Department of Health. 2010. Good practice in management of emergency surgery: a literature review. Performance, Acute Programs and Rural Health Branch, Victorian Government: Department of Health, Melbourne, Victoria. 2010 pp16-26 (Link)

  • Ellie Martel. 2011. Hip Fracture Affects More Than the Hip Pocket. The George Institute for Global Health. (Link)

  • Lucian L. Leape. 2003. Patient Safety- The New Accountability. Slide 2. CDC Quality Institute. (Link)

  • Lucian L. Leape. 2012. Health Care Meets Human Factors: Flirtation or Meaningful Relationship? Slide 7: How Safe Is Health Care?. 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care (Link)

  • Marilyn Richardson-Tench & Bridgid Gillespie. "Chapter One: Perioperative Nursing" in Lois Hamlin. "Perioperative Nursing: An Introductory Text" (Link). Elsevier; Australia (2008). pp1-16

  • New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation. The Orthogeriatric Model of Care: Clinical Practice Guide. NSW Health: North Ryde. 2010. p 7-9 (Link)

  • The Health Roundtable. 2003. Cross-Chapter Clinical Roundtable.  How to Improve Hip Surgery: Hip Replacement & Fractured Neck of Femur. Part II – Attachments. New Zealand.  (Link)

  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 2008. Guidelines for ensuring correct procedure, correct side and correct site surgery.  Position Paper. (Link)

  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 2011. The case for the separation of elective and emergency surgery. Submission to the council of Australian Government's Expert Panel (Link)


Academic References

  • Natasha White. 2014. Critera led discharge among patients who have undergone laparoscopic cholecystectomy, laparoscopic appendectomy or hernia repair in an emergency short stay ward: a best practice implementation project. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. Vol 12 (4) (Link)

  • Peter A Cameron, Anthony P Joseph and Sally M McCarthy. 2009. Access block can be managed. Med J Aust 2009; 190 (7): 364-368 (Link)

  • Rogers, L. 1995. A Patient Management Program: The evaluation of a combined pre-admission and early discharge program. Edith Cowan University: Western Australia. (Link)


  • Jay Magaziner, Eleanor M. Simonsick, T. Michael Kashner, J. Richard Hebel and John E. Kenzora. 1990. Predictors of Functional Recovery One Year Following Hospital Discharge for Hip Fracture: A Prospective Study. Journal of Gerontology. Volume 45, Issue 3. Pp. M101-M107 

  • Mehdi Lamiri, Xiaolan Xie, Alexandre Dolgui and Fre ́de ́ric Grimaud A stochastic model for operating room planning with elective and emergency demand for surgery. European Journal of Operational Research 185 (2008) 1026–1037 



    About the Podcast Host:

    Craig, is a health and emergency service management specialist with more than 30 years experience in operational management, emergency planning, health service delivery and service redevelopment. More information can be found at www.cahooper.com 


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