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Title Byline BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 1 1 4 O U T P AT 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 2 0 1 4 Thanks for Everything Changes large and small have improved OR nursing. N ovember is here, but before we pass the turkey and stuff- ing, let's take a moment to reflect on what we're thankful for. I'm thankful to be a longtime OR nurse. And, despite my frequent grumbling about the modern miracles of malfunction- ing technology and mountains of paperwork, I'm thankful for how far the field has come. I'm also thankful that … … I don't have to sharpen needles by run- ning them through steel wool before boxing them up and sending them to central ster- ile. Needles of all sizes even have the suture already swedged on now, though I have to add that this is hardly a convenience for the surgeon who's always asking for a type of suture we don't have and never will, because it isn't manufactured. … I don't have to clean out glass jars with rubber stoppers for the next case. Plastic suction canisters may circle the earth 100 times, but in my view they're a step up from glass jars. Those rolling suction units that can handle a day's worth of arthroscopy cases are better still. I've taken jobs based on what kind of fluid waste management system the hospital uses. … I don't have to take apart, clean and reassemble those demonic metal stapler guns, then hold my breath whenever they are in use, hoping against hope that they won't fall to pieces in surgeons' hands. Blessed be disposable staplers. Their inventors deserve a standing ovation. … surgical attire has improved by leaps and bounds. I've always appreciated single-use masks. Since cloth is a fluid absorber, I SAVING GRACES There's a lot to be thankful for in the pres- ent-day OR.

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