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Accreditation Dings - August 2013 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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OSE_1308_part3_Layout 1 8/8/13 11:10 AM Page 128 CUTTING REMARKS John D. Kelly IV, MD Overheard in the OR From crude to courteous, surgery has a language all its own. T he OR has a language all its own. How we choose our words directly impacts the energy of the operating room. As Mother Teresa said, "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, That patient but their echoes are truly endless." The OR should be a place is jammed up! of calm and positive energy. Be aware of the words you and others bring to this sanctuary of healing. Courteous and respectful What the nuns taught me really works. When you use words What a Gomer! that show respect and kindness, positive energy abounds, cases flow and calmness is palpable. To use considerate and kind words, even in the face of high stress, shows character and self control. Even if the instruments aren't sterile, the arthroscopy camera is malfunctioning and my favorite tool is #@!% missing in action, I do my best to maintain a calm, collected and respectful demeanor. (My real secret is popping an Ativan in the a.m.) "What we sow around, comes around." After 23 years of practice, I recognize, more than ever, the value of courtesy and civility. Thank you F Bombs My father was a Marine and was dedicated to honor and integrity. He had absolutely no tolerance for foul language — especially in the presence of a woman. I inherited this virtue and am amazed how many unsavory comments are made regularly in the surgical suite. The OR can be very stressful, especially when the surgeon experiences difficulty, loses control and spirals downward in a runaway case. If surgeons and staff drop F Bombs, you can feel the energy shift. 1 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 | A U G U S T 2013

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