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Staff & Patient Safety - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 Staff & Patient Safety To Our Readers Your surgical team probably cares more about guarding patients from harm than they do about looking out for their own well-being, often focusing on performing safe surgery without worrying about the real risks they face every time they slip on scrubs. In this year's Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety, we explore ways to protect your selfless staff from the dangers of smoke, sharps, slips and sterilized instruments, so they can continue to focus on what matters most to them. Cover design by Ethan Anderson o u t p a t i e n t s u r g e r y . n e t 4 4 Spread the Word About Surgical Smoke Safety My evacuation success story could guide efforts to clear the OR air in your facility. Andrea Dyer, MSN, RN 12 Focus on the Fundamentals Of Radiation Safety Understanding the principles of time, distance and shielding will limit your team's exposure risks. Michael J. Bohan, BS 18 5 Ways to Slash Sharps Injuries Take a proactive approach to protect surgeons and staff from sticks and cuts. Outpatient Surgery Editors 26 Are You Ready to Manage MH? Good planning and plenty of practice will help you stay calm, cool and collected when stress levels rise. Dominique Hershberger, MEd, RN, CNOR 35 Leave Nothing Behind Combining scanning technology with a meticulous manual count is your best defense against retained objects. Jared Bilski | Senior Associate Editor 43 Inside Our Pressure Injury Prevention Program It's been 2 years and counting since a patient has suffered skin-related harm during surgery. Diane Kimsey, MSN, MHA, RN, CNOR 50 Patient Warming Pitfalls to Avoid One of surgery's most basic patient safety practices is riskier than you might think. Jared Bilski | Senior Associate Editor 57 Who's Looking Out for the Providers? You owe it to your team to reduce the risks of slips, trips and back strains. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor 64 How Safe Is Your Sterile Processing Department? Protect your reprocessing team from these 5 injury risks. Jared Bilski | Senior Associate Editor 71 Sign the Right Correct Site It takes plenty of planning and persistence to ensure surgeons always hit the mark. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor 77 Operate Where Everybody Knows Your Name Q&A with Robert Hackett, MD, anesthesiologist and inspiration of the #TheatreCapChallenge. O c t o b e r 2 0 1 9 CONTENTS

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