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Special Edition: Staff & Patient Safety - October 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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cases, which reduces the risk of trips and collisions. Moving the surgical table closer to a side wall, away from the center of the room, and angling it toward one corner frees up space around its sur- face, giving staff more room to move and maneu- ver equipment during cases. It also lets you set up the anesthesia workstation in the corner closest to the head of the table, an area that's dead space in conventional room configurations. Setting up the anesthesia workstation in the corner keeps tubes and cords away from moving equipment and staff members, a secondary benefit that prevents vital connections between the patient and anesthesia machine from becoming accidentally dislodged during procedures. • Smart storage. Storage solutions in new ORs are no longer a separate design component; they're instead integrated into walls to open up valuable square footage and limit how far doors extend into workspaces and walkways, according to Dr. Joseph. She says adding storage locations in the anesthesia work area and where the circulating nurse patrols limits the amount of distance they must travel during surgeries, a factor that improves efficiencies and decreases foot traffic throughout the room. • Wireless imaging. Evolving video routing tech- nology eliminates the cords that run from video towers to large flat screen monitors positioned around the room, where images from the surgeon's scope, the overhead view of the surgical field and different data sources can be shown simultaneous- ly. Staff working away from the sterile field can monitor the surgery's progress, anticipate the next step in the case and ready needed equipment at a safe pace. "Teams that are aware of what's happen- ing throughout the procedure are better able to coordinate their movements," says Dr. Joseph. • Mobility. Mobile workstations designed for cir- culating nurses are gaining in popularity. The work- stations on wheels let circulators position them- selves near the surgical table for a better view of surgery and limit the amount of walking they have to do around the sterile field. The mobile nurses also have the ability to safely move out of the way if members of the surgical team need to reposition themselves or equipment. • Cord covers. Until wireless technology and booms become commonplace, cord management is a reality of working in surgery. Dr. Joseph believes consolidating equipment whenever possible and making a concerted effort to keep equipment organ- ized are the best ways to keep walking paths clear of tripping hazards, but also understands stretching cords across floors is inevitable in some ORs. She says it's difficult and time-consuming to safely tape O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 3 9 TAKE A SAFE STEP FORWARD... with Welmed's New Footwear CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE: info@welmed.us 312-836-3742 www.welmed.us/contact-us/ Boot Covers (9100-337 & 338 Series) • Standard Polypropylene • Anti-Slip Treads • Universal Size Shoe Covers (9100-330) • Heavy Duty • Fluid Impervious Shoe or Full Designs • Anti-Skid • Universal & Extra Large Sizes vers ersal al Siz Size Anti-Slip Treads

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