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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 1 The night before our annual in-service day, after everybody else has gone home, two staff members stage 20 to 25 errors — things like a bloody tourniquet left on a patient's bedside stand, a surgery schedule in full view, an overflowing sharps container — at a bedside in our PACU. The next day staff are divided into two teams. Each team is brought in to view the room for 30 seconds, and members write down all of the errors they can find. This 30-second time limit is key. Anybody can spot issues if they have the time to really look, but we all know how fast everything moves at busy outpatient facilities. If your staff can spot problems quickly and under pressure, there's a good chance they'll do the same during a stressful surgery. After the scores are tal- lied (a point for each mistake noticed), the team that spots the most errors wins. This year every member of the winning team got Starbucks gift cards. And deservedly so. They correctly guessed all 25 of the errors in the Secret Room. Jane Bell, RN, BSN Cityview Surgery Center Fort Worth, Texas jane@cityviewsurgery.com

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