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Helping Hand - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - July 2019

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Idaes That Work IW 1 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 • J U L Y 2 0 1 9 W ant to keep things run- ning smoothly all day? Then get off to a fast start with your first- time starts. Here's how we did it: • Don't waste pre- cious time looking for perioperative team members before sur- gery. Instruct the entire surgical team to meet and huddle at the pre-op bedside. • Have all your consents completed ahead of time in pre-procedure. You don't want to do them last-minute in the pre-op area. • Streamline the pre-op briefing process to include the timeout list as a pre-check before taking patients to the OR. • Use a standardized checklist, signed by each member, to improve communication among pre-op, surgery and PACU/discharge staff. • Gather the soft supplies the day before the case. • If you have trouble with antibiotics being ready when you need them, consider adding a refrigerator in pre-op so the antibiotics can be delivered and stored until needed. Linda Pinkston, MSN, RN, CNOR Phoenix (Ariz.) VA Health Care System linda.pinkston@va.gov FIRST-TIME STARTS Come Out Prepared, Have A Smooth Day • PREP WORK Courtney Clemens, MSN, RN, CNOR, left, and Frankie Wooten, RN, gather soft supplies the day before surgery. Phoenix (Ariz.) VA Health Care System

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