Outpatient Surgery Magazine

The New Quality Standards - January 2013

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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IN THE BAG Windy Hill Hospital's circulating nurse Kathy Bigilin, RN, CNOR, is in charge of starting antibiotic infusions. Administer Antibiotics On Time, Every Time P re-op prophylactic antibiotics must be administered within 60 1. Rely on the circulator minutes of initial surgical incisions Does this sound familiar? In the hustle and or procedure start times. Starting infusions bustle of getting patients properly identified even 1 minute too soon will require you to and ready for transfer to the OR, and mak- report that antibiotics weren't delivered on ing sure needed paperwork is completed, time. We've been using the program I'm every member of our clinical team used to about to describe for 5 years, and have help confirm, hang and chart the appropri- seen our monthly on-time start rates ate antibiotic. But because so many hands improve from less than 90% to 100%. were involved in the process, the job didn't Follow our lead, and you'll never have to get done properly. Pre-op nurses said they'd worry about improperly timed IV starts start the antibiotics. Anesthesia providers again. promised they'd take care of it. Circulating J A N U A R Y 2013 | S U P P L E M E N T TO O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E 3 7

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