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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 • 8 3 F or many surgeons, nurses and techs, sharps safety is merely preventative, another necessary precaution in a long line of necessary-but-onerous precautions that are just part of the job. But for Brenda G. Larkin, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CSSM, CNOR, clinical nurse special- ist with Aurora Health Care in Elkhorn, Wis., sharps safety is person- al. Back in the early 1990s, before the emergence of neutral zones, Ms. Larkin suffered a sharps injury during an orthopedic procedure when a resident absentmindedly placed a needle on the mayo stand. Ms. Larkin, who also serves on the AORN board of directors, reached Jared Bilski | Senior Associate Editor Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor Getting to the Point of Sharps Safety There's more work to be done before sticks and cuts no longer occur in today's ORs. • NEUTRAL TERRITORY Requiring staff to use a hands-free neutral zone is one of the most effective ways to prevent sharps injuries. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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