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

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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 • 4 3 D on't look past pressure injury risks in outpatient ORs, where skin breakdown is becoming more of a concern now that increasing numbers of heavier patients are undergoing more com- plex and longer proce- dures. The clinical team at our large med- ical center has imple- mented several pre- vention protocols that have proven success- ful in protecting patients' skin. For the past 2 years, we haven't had a single patient suffer a pres- sure injury, thanks to the program's essential features. • Pre-op evaluations. Before surgery, we perform head-to-toe assessments of patients, helping us to identify existing pressure Inside Our Pressure Injury Prevention Program It's been 2 years and counting since a patient has suffered skin-related harm during surgery. • POSITIONED FOR SUCCESS The initial results of Einstein Medical Center's pre- vention protocols in inpatient ORs convinced leadership to adopt similar practices in the hospital's surgery center. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR Diane Kimsey, MSN, MHA, RN, CNOR | East Norriton, Pa.

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