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Snuffing Out Surgical Smoke - December 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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should always make it a point to ask patients for the best number where they can be reached on the next business day. Be clear and let them know a nurse will be calling on that number to check up on them. If the patient is a child, ask the parent for their best number, as well as whether they'll be at work and reachable there. Audit a paper medical record. Many are thrown by the word "audit," a term that conjures up images of long and involved processes. But in this case, audit just means scan- ning the record to ensure that all the info is present and all signatures are where they should be. If anything is amiss, simply flag the missing info for follow-up — maybe for a future installment of the 2-Minute Rule. Complete an electronic health record. As you know, you can't close EHRs if any parts are incomplete, and incomplete EHRs present a prime opportunity for industrious staff looking to knock out work in short bursts. A good exercise is to go back through an incom- plete EHR, see what tasks need to be completed and make it a goal to complete at least one of these records. Restock your work area. If you're efficient and prepared, this should only take you a minute. Here's how: Throughout your 2 3 4 D E C E M 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 9

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