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Marking Madness - April 2013 - Subscribe

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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:33 PM Page 152 CUTTING REMARKS John D. Kelly IV, MD Ode to PACU Nurses John D. Kelly IV, MD Our post-op caregivers are the embodiment of tough love. N othing can make or break a surgeon's happiness more than the PACU nurses. Thank God I have the blessing of a real A-team. They truly keep me on my toes and really leave no PRIDE OF PACU Nicole McVey, RN, BSN, CCRN; Patrice McDevitt, RN, BSN, PCCN; and Jennifer Harkins, RN, BSN, have Dr. Kelly's back. stone unturned in matters of patient care. This skilled cadre of seasoned pros knows a problem when they see it and proactively confront potential situa- tions — or, better yet, averts them. Here are some examples of how the PACU team saves my butt. 1. The unhappy fam Despite my best efforts, I sometimes don't get to spend enough time with the family Once I leave the hospital, I can rest assured my "patients are in the best of hands. after surgery. Worse yet, I miss them — either I was stuck in the OR or the family was upstairs when I thought they were downstairs. It's times like these when my partners in PACU text me: • "Please call the Jones family at home tonight … if you value your life!" 1 5 2 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | A P R I L 2 013

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