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port, the chairs are easy for staff to maneuver down halls, around tight corners and into rooms. Perhaps their best feature is the durable and wireless remote attached to each one that staff use to trans- form the chairs into recliners and surgical tables. A chair's remote can be used to make slight adjust- ments to its configuration on a case-by-case and patient-by-patient basis. We primarily use it to cycle the chair through preprogrammed positions that improve our clinical efficiencies. In pre-op, a nurse punches position "1" on the remote to place the patient in Semi- Fowler's — seated comfortably with their legs up and head slightly elevated. They recline in comfort as the nurse dilates their pupils, readying them for the journey ahead. When the patient is wheeled into the femtosecond laser suite, a nurse pushes "2" on the remote to recline the patient for positioning at the laser unit. After patients are moved to the OR where cataracts are replaced with lens implants, the circulating nurse hits "3" on the remote to position patients according to our surgeons' preferences. Instead of fiddling with the remote to position the patient just so, she taps a but- ton and readies the room for surgery while the chair automatically repositions the patient. In PACU, a nurse punches up position "4" on J U N E 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 9 3 Victoria Wiltshire, MBA, RN END OF THE LINE Stretcher chairs are wiped down after use and returned to pre-op for another spin through the perioperative circuit.

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