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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 • 7 1 D eath, taxes and surgeons marking surgical sites before patients are wheeled into surgery. That's how much cer- tainty Pamela Borello-Barnett, RN, BS, CNOR, places on the essential element of her facility's site-marking prac- tices. She says surgeons — and only surgeons — are permitted to sign their initials on or next to incision sites before patients are permitted to leave pre-op bays at St. John Macomb- Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, Mich. Ms. Borello-Barnett, the hospital's clinical nurse manager of perioperative services, has been known to call surgeons in the lounge to offer a friendly reminder that their cases won't start on time if they don't pop down to sign surgical sites. The same steadfast surgeon-must-sign-the-site rule is in place at the Daniel Cook | Executive Editor Sign the Right Correct Site It takes plenty of planning and persistence to ensure surgeons always hit the mark. • CHECK, PLEASE Involve multiple members of the surgical team in a multilayered site-marking protocol.

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