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Predictable, Precise Incisions - November 2012 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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OSE_1211_part3_Layout 1 11/8/12 10:56 AM Page 136 SAFETY staff should respond with urgency and move at a pace reserved for a real emergency. Going through the motions or joking around during the drill's critical moments renders the time useless. Another important point: Have a member of your staff actually pull the fire alarm. It's something they've probably never done before and it takes more force than they might think. 5 Debrief. This is a critical step. Take a few minutes to discuss the drill with the surgical team in the meeting area as soon as the event concludes. What went right? What could have gone better? Did staff have the equipment they needed, and were they able to move patients to safety in a timely manner? It's during this time, when things are still fresh in everyone's mind, that you'll identify key areas of needed improvement. For example, we had communication issues due to glitches in the hospital's intercom system that needed to be fixed. That was a highly valuable discovery that could have been quite challenging if we had to navigate without it during a real fire. Practice makes perfect Announced and planned fire drills are extremely effective. You'll find that staff are engaged in the process, take away many valuable lessons and discuss the event for days afterward, sharing ways to improve. Staged drills let them go through fire responses successfully, giving them confidence in their emergencyresponse roles. OSM Ms. Rideout (rideoutd@southcoast.org) is director of perioperative services at Southcoast Health System in New Bedford, Mass.a 1 3 6 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 | N O V E M B E R 2012

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