Bhavani Shankar Kodali

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Realistic scheduling of operating room cases decreases costs, optimizes utilization and improves staff and patient satisfaction. Currently limited data exists to establish anesthesia-controlled time benchmarks based on specific subspecialty service. In this multicenter retrospective analysis of cases performed during a 53 month period at two large(More)
BACKGROUND Turnover time (TOT) is one of the classic measures of operating room (OR) efficiency. There have been numerous efforts to reduce TOTs, sometimes through the employment of a process improvement framework. However, most examples of process improvement in the TOT focus primarily on operational changes to workflows and statistical significance. These(More)
We describe the perioperative management of a pregnant woman at 19 weeks' gestation with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura requiring laparoscopic splenectomy. The preoperative platelet count ranged between 1 and 5 x 10(9)/L and did not respond to conventional medical therapy. To reduce the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage, platelets were transfused before(More)
On time start of the first case of the day is an important operating room (OR) efficiency metric, in which delays can have effects throughout the day. Although previous studies have identified various causes of first case start delays, none have attempted to evaluate the effect anesthesia staffing ratios have on first case start times. We performed a(More)
Amniotic fluid embolism is a rare obstetric complication. The exact pathogenesis of this syndrome remains unknown and significant controversy exists whether coagulopathy should always be present. We used thromboelastography to assess the effect of amniotic fluid on coagulation and platelet function in pregnant women. Different volumes of amniotic fluid(More)
BACKGROUND The Episure™ AutoDetect™ (spring-loaded) syringe has been observed to successfully identify the epidural space in 2 pilot studies. In this study we evaluated the impact of the spring-loaded syringe on the establishment of successful epidural labor analgesia (primary outcome), elapsed time for catheter placement, and learning curve (cumulative(More)
The proportion of laboring women utilizing neuraxial techniques for labor analgesia has steadily increased over the past decades in North America, the UK and parts of Europe. Anesthesiologists in many other countries may want to introduce an obstetric neuraxial service but may lack the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure its safety. The focus of(More)
To evaluate the effect of deploying a new electronic medical record (EMR) system on first case starts in the operating room. Data on first case start times were collected after implementation of a new EMR (Epic) from June 2015 to May 2016, which replaced a legacy system of both paper and electronic records. These were compared to data from the same months(More)
PURPOSE On time start of the first surgical case improves operating room (OR) utilization, physician, and patient satisfaction and decreases delays in subsequent cases. The goal of our study was to evaluate the effect of a multidisciplinary initiative to improve first patient in the room (FPIR) and first case on time start (FCOTS) metrics in a tertiary care(More)