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Secrets to Speedier Room Turnover - November 2013 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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OSE_1311_part3_Layout 1 11/6/13 9:49 AM Page 157 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS off the nurses' backs. I wish they could be cloned. As long as it's not that one tech who, in an attempt to score points with the surgeon, waits until the circulator's on the floor and under the drapes fixing something before sending her out for supplies the surgeon would never use. Blessed be the radiology tech, always at our beck and call, and on short notice, too, because we forgot to call before the case got started. While most of our equipment falls prey to glitches now and then, your machinery behaves on command and always delivers a perfect image. It had better. There's no way we're going back to the old days when we had to deal with X-ray film and developing fluids. Reprocessors, you rule. What would we do without you? Not surgery, that's for sure. Maybe you work in the hospital basement, but you're tops as far as I'm concerned. So when I call down for a particular instrument and the person answering the phone has no idea what or where it is, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt: That's probably the new hire. And when we see wet instruments or torn blue wrap or trays with missing pieces, we'll know that's the new guy, too. Last but not least, a barrel of thanks to our surgeons. I love that you paid attention when I told you my name, even though later I've occasionally regretted you remembered it. It's great when you're on time for a case, even though it means you're asking, "What's the holdup?" We appreciate that you learn so much from other hospitals and want to pass this knowledge on to us by saying, "That's not how they do it at St. Give-Me-a-Break," or "St. Perfect always has what I need." Successful surgery takes a whole team, a family if you will, to accomplish. I am thankful for all that my extended-work-family has contributed to my calling as an OR nurse. And also for all the material they've given me to chatter about in the lounge between cases. OSM Ms. Watkins can be reached at pwatkins12@comcast.net. N O V E M B E R 2013 | 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 1 5 7

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