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Patient Experience - June 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J U N E 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 1 Y ou never want to sac- rifice patient safety in your quest to start the next case as soon as possible. Here's a collection of tips to speed room turnover without jeopardizing your level of care. 1. Deploy your troops Let's start with a few creative ways to let environmental services know that a room is down and that it needs to be cleaned. There are beepers, overhead paging sys- tems, red magnets and even electronic boards that flash a "final stitch" symbol. • Beepers. At the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Okla., they programmed a string of beepers to page the housekeeping staff, OR charge nurse and PACU staff at once to let them know that the patient is coming off the table. The circulator enters "222" for room 2, "333" for room 3 and so on. • Overhead page. "When staff are working in other ancillary areas such as the work room or in the stock room, they can hear the over- head page and they will stop and go help that room turn over," says Kelly Norman, RN, CNOR, administrator at Advanced Family Surgery A Turn for The Better 8 ways to cut your turnover times — without sacrificing patient care. Mike Morsch | Associate Editor • EARLY CALL Environmental services needs to know as soon as possible that a room is down and that it needs to be cleaned. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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