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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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Evolving care Safety-focused products are important assets, but so is constantly talking about ways to effectively implement the technologies. "Having the right processes in place and ensuring every member of your team is properly trained to adhere to safety-related protocols is crucial," says Tony Willbur, RN, ADN, director of nursing at Wauwatosa (Wis.) Surgery Center. "We have daily safety huddles to discuss patient safety issues," adds Ms. Kirkland. "It allows for the staff to talk about the situation, and is a learning opportunity for everyone." Dr. Morel, the battle-tested anesthesia provider from Tennessee, remembers having to rotate a single EKG monitor through his for- mer hospital's three ORs. Times have certainly changed. He recently learned how to place ultrasound-guided nerve blocks, even though he claims to "throw in" interscalene blocks before his younger col- leagues can ready the ultrasound probe. He readily admits, however, that ultrasound helps him place safer, more effective blocks, proving ol' dawgs are up to learning new tricks. There's a lesson to be learned in his willingness to evolve in the twilight of his career. Look at newer options in safety products not as nice-to-have add-ons, but as important tools that help your team provide the quality of care your patients deserve. OSM 7 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0

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