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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 28 STAFFING al while the anesthesiologist pushes buttons to silence the alarm. Eventually, the anesthesiologist replaces the CO2 cartridge and sampling line and pushes the "mute" button. But the error message continues, frustrating the surgeon and staff. The circulator finally locates the manual, but can't find troubleshooting directions, so she decides to call the anesthesia machine's service representative. While the circulator is placing I'd much rather hire nurses who volunteered during lights begin to drift away from summer breaks to build the sterile field. The scrub tech houses than nurses who were members of Lambda Pi Alpha. repositions them, but they the call, the overhead surgical don't remain in place. Then the video system that's guiding the surgeon's laparoscopic scope begins to flicker, which the circulator, back from the phone call, attempts to fix. She unplugs cords, turns the system back on and tries everything she can think of to get the picture back on the screen. After a 10-minute delay, the system seems to be working again and the case continues. The anesthesia machine's alarm continues to beep throughout the ordeal. By the time the case is finished, the entire team is frustrated and annoyed by the equipment issues and the delay in OR time. The center's biomedical engineer is called, and will come the following day to troubleshoot the equipment to the tune of $850 for his time and travel. 2 8 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 | D E C E M B E R 2012

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