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Heavy Duty - October 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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w Some of our surgeons and many of our anesthesiologists love their skullcaps, but I banned the headwear after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission cited us over it dur- ing our 2016 survey. Yes, there are still some who don't like our poli- cy, but they abide by it. After you've been in health care for a while, you find that things are constantly changing. We're going to focus on providing the safest patient care possible and not sweat the small stuff. Vicki V. Schultz, RN, CASC Texas Health Women's Dallas, Texas Specialty Surgery Center vschultz@thwssc.com w It's not nursing staff that dictate what kind of headwear is allowed in the OR, it is AORN, The Joint Commission or whichever governing body's guidelines you adopted into policy. Policy is the law in any healthcare organization. Because facility administrators are generally not in the OR, it falls to the nurse to enforce the policies. About 95% of doctors, nurses and staff comply with the skullcap rule without any problems, as we generally have more relevant issues to deal with. There is plenty of evidence for and against skullcaps, but it does not matter, if your policy doesn't allow them. We all have to follow the rules. Joel Marquis, RN Portland, Maine Intermed Day Surgery Center jmarquis@intermed.com w This discussion seems "silly" indeed. Imagine a grown man, a sur- geon, needing a special hat to show he's in charge. Margaret Crowder, RN Merritt Island, Fla. Atlantic Surgery & Laser Center margaret@atlanticeyemd.com O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 3

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