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

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1 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 • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 W hen members of the surgical team at University of Chicago (Ill.) Medicine were getting stuck with alarming regu- larity, Amber Kratochvil, MSN, RN, CNOR, was determined to find out why. "The injury rate was astronomical, and the injuries occurred across the board — surgeons, techs, nurses, residents, medical students," says the health system's periopera- tive manager. Ms. Kratochvil, who sits on a committee that reviews and addresses safety issues in the sur- gical department, developed detailed sharps injury reports, which included specific body parts that were hurt and the circumstances surrounding the incidents. She zeroed in on the cause of the injuries by asking for feedback from members of the surgical team, who told her surgeons were passing sharps unannounced and failing to shield or protect needles before handing them back to nurses or techs. Sound familiar? Those issues highlight the first of several methods Outpatient Surgery Editors 5 Ways to Slash Sharps Injuries Take a proactive approach to protect surgeons and staff from sticks and cuts. • MANY SAFE RETURNS Keep scalpels in a designated location after use and cover the blades to protect staff members from accidental cuts. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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