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The Great Prepping Debate - December 2012 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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OSE_1212_part1_Layout 1 12/5/12 10:19 AM Page 25 IDEAS THAT WORK WRONG-SITE SURGERY The Semantics of Right Correct-Side Surgery O ne little word can make a big difference. Take wrong-site surgery, for example. Many of us refer to "the right side" or "the left side" when asking patients to confirm the correct side and site for surgery. But is there anything more confusing than asking a scared patient, "We are doing the left side, right?" Rather than use the terms right and left, it's better instead to use "correct side" and "correct site." Gayle Noland, RN, BSN, CNOR Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Pomona, Calif. gayle.noland@pvhmc.org LEFT, RIGHT? "Left-side surgery" can be confusing to a patient, right? PATIENT FLOW Assign Your Docs Bed Spots A t our busy 2-room endo center, we put patients in bed spots, pre-procedure and post-procedure, by physician. This way, when anesthesia comes out for the next patient for their room, they know exactly which 2 bed spots to choose from. Likewise, when the docs come out post-procedure, their patients are always in 1 of 2 PACU or Phase 2 spots. In pre-op, we place laminated signs that say "Dr. X Next Patient" on the over-bed table. This way, no one ever takes in or talks to the wrong patient. Margaret Kowalczuk Sherman, RN, BSN Hamilton (N.J.) Endoscopy & Surgery Center D E C E M B E R 2012 | 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 RESERVED PARKING Reserve bed spots for each of your physicians so it's always clear which patients are theirs. 2 5

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