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Keep Your Nose Clean - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - August 2018

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Amusing Musings Questions answered and answers questioned about life in the OR. H ow did the coroner know he was examining an OR nurse? Three dead (ha!) giveaways: an empty stomach, a 3,000 ml extended bladder and bilateral bitemarks on her butt. The joints held more clues: bone-on-bone knees, frozen shoulder, knobby knuckles and carpal tunnel syndrome. There were also deep bite teeth marks in the tongue, likely from the nurse biting it to keep from telling a lot of people to "get" off. Yep, that sounds about right. • • • I know we need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but I still don't get why we have to mount a tactile Braille sign display- ing the room number outside each OR. Do we have sight-challenged staff working in the OR? If so, doesn't the charting need to be in Braille? And what about the restroom in the female locker room? One of the stalls is wheelchair-accessible, but you can't get to the wheelchair- accessible restroom because the poorly designed dressing room makes it wheel- chair-impossible. • • • Our facility's nice wide hallways turn into mean one-way streets when they become crowded with double-parked equipment, case carts, implant carts and bags of trash not yet taken out to the dumpster out back. Wheeling a patient on a stretch- er to or from the OR is like playing demo- lition derby. Wham!!! I get points for 1 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 Behind Closed Doors Paula Watkins, RN • BEEP-BEEP Watch your step — stretcher com- ing through!

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