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

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Extended post-op monitoring Soon after surgery, perform another skin assessment and compare it to the pre-op assessment. You're not done yet. Because symptoms might not appear for several days after surgery, extended post-op monitoring is vital. Instruct patients about what to look for, and what to report. During post-op follow-up calls, always ask patients about their skin. When a pressure injury occurs, notify all staff. Awareness can lead to improvements in detection and more vigilant prevention. There's a plethora of education material, guidelines and research on pressure injuries. Your perioperative staff should receive pressure injury educa- tion when they join your facility, and then at least every year there- after. OSM 5 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 • M A Y 2 0 1 9 Ms. Scott (scotttriggers@gmail.com) is CEO of Scott Triggers, and serves as patient safety/quality improvement educator at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Office of Graduate Medical Education in Memphis.

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