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COVID-19 Crisis - April 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 7 O ur PACU staff used to ask that question a lot because we didn't have a designated place to put them. When patients handed over their glasses in pre-op, we'd affix a sticker that noted the patient's name to one of the glasses' stems, and then layed them on a counter in post-op. It looked unpro- fessional, the patients didn't like the sticky residue on their specs and the glasses cluttered the counter. Ginger Ouellette, RN, one of our pre-op nurses, came up with the idea for a glasses caddy. It's made of vinyl, which is easy to disinfect with a quick wipe. When patients hand over their glasses, we slide one of the stems through a slit in a small piece of paper on which we note the patient's name. The glasses are folded, and then placed in a slot in the caddy, which we affixed to a cabinet door in PACU. Our staff love the caddy, especially when patients wake up after surgery and immediately want their glasses, because the specs are neatly organized just a few steps away. Nikki Williams, RN, CNOR Lakeland (Fla.) Surgical & Diagnostic Center nwilliams@lsdc.net FOCUS ON BIFOCALS 'Where Are This Patient's Glasses?' • NURSE VISIONARY Ginger Ouellette, RN, developed the glasses caddy to keeps patients' specs organized and safe while they're in surgery. Nikki Williams, RN, CNOR

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