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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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onto the mayo stand and wound up getting stuck. She received multiple screenings for HIV and Hepatitis B and C, and had to wait a full six months to find out she was infection-free. "I was basical- ly in limbo that whole time," says Ms. Larkin. "It was emo- tionally and mentally drain- ing." This harrowing experience no doubt impacted Ms. Larkin's approach to sharps safety at Aurora — an approach that is quite robust. Staff adhere to using a neutral zone — a designated area where sharps must be placed and received — and double-glove with an outer- and inner-glove indicator system. When the white outerglove it pierced or torn, the color of the underglove shows through, letting staff know to switch to a fresh pair. In addition, surgeons use safety scalpels and the surgical team uses safety needles when they perform injections in the sterile field. "We've been using safety scalpels since 2010, and we added safety needles a little more recently," says Ms. Larkin. Finally, Ms. Larkin stays abreast of the latest sharps safety products as they hit the market, and incorporates the cutting-edge technology and best practices into her facility's protocols whenever it's feasible to do so. "Staff can't always go to conferences, so I make it a point to bring back new ideas and introduce them to nurses on the front lines," says Ms. Larkin. If the product works and there's staff buy-in, they move on to conducting a trial of the device. 8 4 • 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 • COVER UP While they can be a hard sell, safety scalpels offer critical protection to OR staff who pass sharps to surgeons and dispose of blades after the case.

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