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Staff & Patient Safety - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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like. This was another example of our organic approach: making peo- ple feel empowered to choose their own machines. After the fair, everyone filled out surveys so we could collect and analyze feedback. We trialed 3 products at all 6 of our hospitals for 6 weeks, rotating them in and out of different ORs. Then we assembled our champi- ons and, happily, we agreed unanimously on the best product. The whole process took just 8 months; our vendor said we had the high- est and quickest implementation rate in the U.S. Persistence pays off Implementing smoke evacuation requires passion and time. It's not easy, but don't take no for an answer. The biggest thing is believing your facility wants to do right by you, that you're important, that your health is important. Educate everyone in your facility about the dan- gers of surgical smoke until you find someone as passionate as you are about evacuating it. Sometimes all it takes is one person to be on your side, and it snowballs from there. Keep trying, no matter how long it takes. That's what I did, and after finally succeeding, it's become my mission to spread the word about surgical smoke safety. If you'd like to talk with me about how to get smoke evacuation in place at your facility, email me! I'll be thrilled to discuss it with you. OSM Ms. Dyer (andreamdyer7@gmail.com) is perioperative clinical nurse edu- cator and surgical smoke safety champion at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla. Her smoke evacuation success occurred at Legacy Health System in Portland, Ore., where she was the perioperative nursing education and practice specialist. O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 1

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