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

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7 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • Armed intruder train- ing. There had been an uptick in violent incidents throughout UPMC Pinnacle, so leadership at the Harrisburg, Pa.-based health system created a Disruptive Patient/Visitor Team that's on call to keep staff and patients safe. When the disrup- tive event alert is given, security staff, nursing supervisors, physicians and other team members respond. UPMC's staff has been trained on how to disengage people who are in crisis as well as how to calm people down who are exhibiting dangerous behaviors. The staff conducts mock drills, which include practic- ing how to lock down and evacuate an OR if a violent event takes place. "Our staff is our most precious resource and we work hard to keep them safe," says Sandra Winston, MHA, MSN, RN, vice president of surgical services. — Adam Taylor • SERVE AND PROTECT UPMC Pinnacle created a multidisciplinary team that responds to violent situations. UPMC Pinnacle

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