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Anesthesia Plus - February 2013 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - Subscribe

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OSE_1303_part1_Layout 1 2/7/13 4:09 PM Page 16 IDEAS That Work Practical pearls from your colleagues PRE-OP CHECKLIST Prepare for Patients Properly K nowing as much as you can about patients before they arrive for surgery improves pre-op efficiencies and the quality of care you provide. All the information you need to make sound clinical decisions quickly is contained in patients' charts, if you take the time to look them over closely. I've developed a pre-op checklist to help me drill down into histories and physicals and organize my thoughts instead of glossing over key details while reviewing paperwork for the On the Web next day's cases. The checklist contains Download Ms. Keller-Guglietta's pre-op checklist at www.outpatientsurgery.net/forms basic pre-op information that must be addressed, but I also note questions that need answering or clarifications that need addressing to help guide my interactions with patients. For example, I'll make a note to check glucose levels of diabetics or write down reminders when patients have latex allergies. The information included on the checklist and noted in the margins is what needs to be covered anyway, but thinking of questions or comments ahead of time and having them in writing at the bedside ensures everything is double-checked before patients enter the OR. Katie Keller-Guglietta, RN Glen Burnie, Md. 1 6 Baltimore Washington Eye Center kkellerguglietta@bweyecenter.com O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | F E B R U A R Y 2013

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