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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 • 6 7 T he inher- ent chal- lenge of providing safe surgi- cal care increases in the fast-paced, pres- sure-cooker world of outpatient surgery, where the thin line between expected outcomes and adverse events can be erased with a split-second lack of focus, com- munication failure or honest mistake. To find out what products and technologies facilities are using to support surgical teams in their efforts to first do no harm, we asked readers to share which safety-minded solutions are found in their ORs and reprocessing rooms. Here's what they identified as essential tools in their continuing efforts to protect patients from preventable harm. • Non-invasive monitoring. Pulse oximetry and capnography moni- tors are invaluable adjuncts to basic vital signs monitoring, according to Mike Morel, CRNA, APRN, MSNA, PhD(c), co-chief of anesthesia at Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin, Tenn. Capnography meas- ures end-tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2) — the concentration of CO2 in exhaled breaths — to help providers confirm oxygen exchange is Daniel Cook | Editor-in-Chief How Do You Enhance Patient Safety? Readers reveal the solutions they use to augment the efforts of their protective-minded surgical teams. • FIRST, DO NO HARM New products and technologies can help your staff deliver on their pledge to provide safe patient care.

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