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OR Excellence 2019 Awards - September 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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chart is flagged as well. When transported to pre-op, staff confirm name, date of birth, and that the procedure the patient signed for is correct. After the doctor and nurse complete pre-op tasks, the nurse checks the patient's ID band and makes sure the proper consent has been signed. Signs placed on the patient's blanket to advise the procedure room nurse, tech and doctor about special needs — HOH (hard of hearing), dentures, weakness on right side, etc.; that information is also on the patient's chart. In the procedure room, the technician and nurse again check the ID band. Once the doctor is ready to begin, a timeout is performed to ensure the nurse, doctor and tech are in agreement that this is the correct patient and the correct procedure. The patient is asked about allergies at various points before the procedure. • Fun while learning. Orchard Surgical Center in Salem, N.H., uses annual "skills fairs" as a creative and fun way to keep staff engaged and knowledgeable on the latest in patient safety. Its "Show and Tell" fair found each department taking 3 or 4 topics and procedures and creating short, interactive, hands-on demon- strations. "A Day in the Life of" found each department, including front desk admissions, creating and performing a skit with the help of the nurse manager; the skit followed a patient (played by a staff member) throughout the perioperative day — from front desk to pre-op to the OR and PACU — where a surprise code that was played out. "What If" delved into unexpected situations — an armed intruder, a code in the OR, a power outage, and a surgeon 5 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • SHOW ME A SIGN Procedure room cli- nicians are informed of patients' special needs with signs placed on their blankets. Centinela Valley Endoscopy Center

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