Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2015

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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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 7 O c t o b e r 2 0 1 5 | w w w . o u t p a t i e n t s u r g e r y . n e t S t a f f & P a t i e n t S a f e t y C O N T E N T S 8 MH Drills Can Be a Real Life Saver My son is alive today because the surgical team did everything right. Kim Scott, RN, MSN 14 Do You Have a Culture of Safety? Experts weigh in on why changing the environment of your OR is difficult, but essential. Kendal Gapinski | Associate Editor 22 5 Truths About Wrong-Site Surgery In order to prevent the "never event," you need to understand what's causing it. Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM 27 Reduce the Risk of Surgical Smoke It's time to take ownership in protecting yourself from potential harm. Stacey Benson, PhD 34 Best Practices in Drug Safety Expert advice on proper medication storage, security and labeling. Richard Novak, MD 41 Are You Warming Patients Safely? Here's what you might be doing wrong — and how to fix it. Victoria Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN 50 3 Patient Positioning Pointers The OR table can be a dangerous place for patients — don't let nerve damage and skin injuries mar your surgical outcomes. David Bernard | Senior Associate Editor 55 How to Conduct a Safety Sharps Trial Yes, you can get your docs to (at least) trial and (possibly) use safety sharps. Kristin L. Thompson, RN, BSN, CNOR, RNFA 63 Are Your ORs Obstacle Courses? Take the necessary steps to reduce risks of slips, trips and falls. Dondee Halverson, RN 69 New Thoughts on Radiation Safety A review of the literature adds clarity to the big picture. Byron L. Burlingame, MS, RN, CNOR 74 A Better Way to Eliminate Retained Surgical Items Accounting, not counting, will ensure no sponges are left behind. Verna C. Gibbs, MD 80 The Constant Quest for Zero Q&A with Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, the anesthesiologist and critical care physician who's dedicated to improving patient safety. 27 M a n a g e r ' s G u i d e t o To Our Readers Surgery is inherently risky, but it doesn't have to be dangerous. The Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety is our annual look at proven ways to lower risks of surgical complications and workplace injuries. We hope you use the expert advice and practical tips in the fol- lowing pages to protect the patients who trust you with their care and the dedicated healthcare professionals who put them- selves in harm's way while focusing on the well being of others. Cover design by Ethan Anderson | Photo by Kim Scott, RN, MSN

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