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Thumbs Up on Safety Scalpels - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - May 2019

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1 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 9 To remind the surgi- cal team of the cor- rect surgical site, we printed out stacks of "left" and "right" signs and laminated each one. In pre-op, we clip a sign to the patient's stretcher. When the patient is wheeled into the OR, we clip the sign to the IV pole, which is positioned on the side of the surgical table where the operation should take place. The sign provides a visual reminder of the cor- rect surgical site as staff and surgeons go through their multiple checks before surgery begins. At the end of procedures, we wipe the signs down for reuse. Mary Chiasson, RN Memorial Hermann Surgery Center The Woodlands, Texas mchiasson@uspi.com Clip-on Reminders Of the Correct Side • SAFETY CHECK Signs clipped to IV poles remind the surgical team which side of the patient to operate on. LEFT OR RIGHT? Memorial Hermann Surgery Center Ideas Work That

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