Tuesdays with Theresa: Effectively Communicating with Anesthesia via Preop Manager


In our most recent Tuesdays with Theresa webinar, we covered “Effective Communication During A Crisis with Anesthesia via Preop Manager.” During this time of COVID-19, the new normal is starting to set in. One thing we have all learned is that many tasks that were primarily done in person are just as effective in a remote capacity. The communication between pre-admit testing (PAT) and anesthesia is one of the most important pieces of the surgical puzzle. Ensuring the perioperative department knows everything about the patient is crucial to determine if the patient is healthy enough for anesthesia. Being able to communicate the past medical history, past surgical history and any co-morbidities to the anesthesia providers in a timely fashion is key to ensuring patients are ready for surgery.

One way to communicate that information remotely is through the Picis applications:

  1. Picis Multi-Doc Viewer allows everyone in the perioperative department to see any documents regarding the patient, such as H and P (history and physical examination), signed consents, EKGs (electrocardiography), outside labs, etc. The staff can look in ONE system and have access to ALL information collected on the patient.
  2. Use the patient status in Picis Preop Manager to communicate to anesthesia that the patient’s chart is ready for review.
  3. Utilizing census lists associated with the status to ensure that anesthesia is reviewing the appropriate charts. After the anesthesia review, the patient can be placed in an additional status to communicate to PAT if the patient is ready for surgery, needs consult, needs additional testing, etc. This electronic communication reduces the number of phone calls and the need to physically transport charts from one area to another. The goal is to ensure the patient is ready for surgery and no matter the process, the patient’s safety is everyone’s number one priority. This process also takes the staff’s safety into consideration as well.

Picis can help you set up Preop Manager to accommodate this process to communicate seamlessly between departments. Click the button below to reach out to our team to see the solution in action.

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About the Author

Theresa Sullivan, Director, Sales Support

Theresa has worked for Picis for 15 years and is currently the Director of Sales Support. With Picis, Theresa has implemented the Picis solutions across a variety of commercial and VA facilities, functioned as a Clinical Consultant in Sales, managed the Picis Reference Program and supported customers as a Senior Strategic Consultant in professional services. Before coming to Picis, Theresa was the Clinical System Administrator at a large medical center in Houston, Texas.