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Throw Away The Script - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2019

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3 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 Make Today a Safe Day Protecting patients from harm really is as simple as changing the culture. Safety Kathy Fisher, MSEd, BSN, RN, CNOR Kathy Fisher, MSEd, BSN, RN, CNOR L et's make it a safe day, LBJ! That's what the charge nurse here at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston announces to the entire perioperative team at the end of every morning hud- dle. I can't help but smile each time I hear it, because those 7 words are more than just a catchy phrase. They represent a hospital-wide culture change and serve as a daily reminder to focus on safety proto- cols that improve staff collaboration and eliminate preventable errors. Nowadays, our team is on the same page when the huddle breaks, but we didn't always see eye to eye. Nurses and techs used to believe surgeons acted like know-it-all dic- tators. Surgeons, meanwhile, thought nurses were bossy and the sur-

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