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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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without a team approach across multiple disciplines, physician and staff engagement, and executive support. We gathered input and provided educa- tion to clinical lead- ers and directors, surgeons, hospital- ists, emergency department physi- cians, quality partners and frontline staff. You need to make sure that every disciplinary piece of your VTE puz- zle is engaged and informed during this process. 2. Mind the gaps Identify gaps that could be increasing the patient's risk for develop- ing VTE. Our hospital's VTE committee reviewed our protocols and asked important questions that led to process improvement: What are we currently doing? What should we keep doing? What are some new ideas? What are some ideas that won't work, or can't work, or need to put on the back burner? Because of the urgency of our situation, we decided to focus on low-hanging fruit — namely, turning VTE prevention into a nurse-dri- ven protocol, starting in pre-op. This provided nurses the autonomy to make decisions within their scope of practice to improve patient out- comes. The first intervention was the development and implementation of a O C T O 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 • 1 0 9 • PUMP AND GO Mobile sequential compression devices keep blood flowing to the extremities as patients move from pre-op to PACU.

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