Teaming in the ambulatory surgical space and crisis management strategies

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Kaia Schwartz, M.D., Rebecca Flyckt, M.D., Sung Tae Kim, Ph.D., H.C.L.D., Steven R. Lindheim, M.D., M.M.M.


Outpatient procedures and flexible staffing models have become prevalent within the ambulatory surgical and procedural spaces of reproductive endocrinology and infertility practice. High volumes of outpatients are treated daily by rotating nurses, surgeons, and anesthesia staff, often with the added layer of trainees present. “Teaming” can allow stable units and ad hoc groups to partner better for enhanced efficiency, effectiveness, and patient experience in routine procedural activities. These skills then can be parlayed into the rare moments of crisis to improve safety outcomes. Teaming concepts, applied in routine and acute scenarios, can optimize clinical operations, patient experience, and outcomes in our reproductive endocrinology and infertility ambulatory procedural and surgical spaces.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.