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Question about Perioperative and Anesthesia Software

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Please share any thoughts on what Perioperative and Anesthesia software is the best/worst and why. Thanks!


Specializes in Only the O.R. and proud of it!. Has 13 years experience.

We use SIS (Surgical Information Systems) software for pre-en, and intra-op use. Soon to expand to PACU. Soon to have a centralized screen, infroming the charge nurse/manager of cases in progress, estimated time left, etc.

Although this system (according to my managers) is rated as one of the top programs in the country, I do not like it. As Urology team leader, I would like to be able to ask the system to pront me up a schedule for the upcoming days or weeks that include only the urology doctors. Guess what? The system cannot do that. Only can print up an entire schedule (you state the time frame) by department (we have main, CVOR, and day surgery). I cannot think of them off the top of my head, but tehre are a few things that the team leaders have requested of the system, and the experts inform us that it is not possible. Also, at the beginning I found it very hard to learn - not very user friendly - and I consider myself good on computers!! Of course, now I am used to it, and get by just fine.

Determine what your needs are. Be sure that you can enter inventory, track use, make and update preference cards, pront pick sheets, do chargesm and all that other stuff that you need to do easily. I highly suggest that someone invested in the best interests of the department (and the staff) visit other hospitals that use the programs that you are considering and see them in action (intra-op, pre-op, making and updating cards, etc).

Also, when you enter your data (names of instruments, procedures, etc), it would be helpful to determine the method in ADVANCE!! (think of it as diagramming a sentance in grade school). You may want to have ALL your trays listed with the word 'tray' preceeding (i.e. Tray, abdominal; tray, minor) rather than the other way aroung. Makes it easy to find and choose a tray. Likewise, the main oirtion of the equipment or procedure should be listed first, place descriptives toward the end. (Clamp, kelly; Forcep, tissue, debakey; laparotomy, exploratory; hysterectomy, abdominal) Believe me, it will be most helpful in the future!! Wwe do not have it like that. The hospital hired temps to do data entery. No a good idea. Should be someone familiar with surgery, procedures, instruments, etc!!!

Sorry for the ramble - I hope that I was helpful.


We're a teaching hospital that is still living in the dinosaur age. We are using the now extinct Meditech program that has so many stupid quirks that it is insane. It is used hospital wide with specialty screens available to the areas that need them (i.e. OR, GI, cath lab etc.).

Data entry for the same thing is different from one screen to the next. An example: you'd think that when you need to chart that you're hanging a unit of prbc that the entry would be prbc...well, it's PC (packed cells) but when you have to put in the details on the unit specifics you have to restate what the unit was....logic would tell you to use what worked before, PC, however at this point you have to switch back to PRBC...another is that from one screen like charting case staff to charting who gave a med, glycine irrigation or orders for a bair hugger setting, in each of these screens you have to chart the case staff member in a different way. It's insanely stupid IMO. There are so many other things that make no sense and about half the time when you enter a lab order then go to the printer to get the sheet, it never printed. It's not the printer, it's the system. It just randomly does what it wants. It's too friggin old to keep up with the demands and loses things in transition.

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