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 6 3 W e were lucky. Considering the operating room obstacle courses our surgical team faced on a daily basis, it was extraordinarily fortunate that none of them ever suffered a slip, trip or fall injury. Now that we've remodeled our ORs with on-the-job safety in mind, they move effortlessly around the rooms. Follow our lead by being proactive about keeping your staff on their feet. Navigating the minefield Up until just a few years ago, the ORs were the only rooms in the hospital that were still original construction. They were about one-third the size they are now, and surgical technology had clear- ly outgrown them, presenting several major safety issues. You can probably imagine the scene: Take the necessary steps to reduce risks of slips, trips and falls. Are Your ORs Obstacle Courses? Dondee Halverson, RN Cherokee, Iowa z UNPLANNED TRIP Don't let cords and clutter endanger your employees. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN A small room hosting procedures that demand significant equipment. Once the bulky technology is rolled in and plugged into the wall outlets, a jungle of cords crisscrosses the room, creat- ing obstacles for staff to step over, or,

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