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OR Excellence 2019 Awards - September 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 1 fainting in the OR were just a few. "They were all great, and according to our staff surveys, they loved them and felt the teach- ing was effective," says the center's COO Cathy Dentremont, RN, MBA. • A really realistic drill. MEDARVA Stony Point Surgery Center (SPSC) in Richmond, Va., decided to really spice up one of its patient safety drills earlier this year. Caleb Cox, SPSC's director of business development and physician network. That live person was Shane Stanford, MSN, SPSC's director of clini- cal services. Mr. Stanford, who had splashed water on his face and hair to make it look like he was sweating, casually walked up to a nurse in the surgery center's PACU and said, "I'm having chest pain and need you to help me. I think I'm having a heart attack." The nurse followed protocol and checklists, laid him on a stretch- er and began following the typical procedure for a code blue. After the code call went over the intercom, Mr. Stanford informed the nurse and her team that this was a drill, but they were to continue on as if it were real. The staff followed detailed tasks when responding to the code. The entire test took about 45 minutes. "Training in our surgery centers needs to be as realistic as possible," says MEDARVA Healthcare CEO Bruce Kupper. "When a real person is the focus of training, it changes the envi- ronment. If you can train using simulations as close to reality as possible, it leaves a stronger impression on your staff and is more meaningful." — Joe Paone • LEAD ACTOR Shane Stanford, MSN, (sec- ond from left), plays an active role in prepar- ing his staff for any type of emergency.

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