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Pushing For Change - July 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 4 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 2 0 A nxious patients waiting in pre- op bays don't want to see their sur- geons wandering around looking for who they're going to be operating on next. To eliminate that possibili- ty, we hang signs to direct surgeons to the right bed. It's quite sim- ple. For privacy rea- sons, we don't write the patient's name on the signage. Instead, we came up with a code that only our staff and surgeons know, which is decoded in the photo caption to the left. Now, when surgeons enter the pre-op area, they look for their initials and the number of the next case of their day on a sign hanging in front of one of the pre-op bays. Surgeons love the system because they simply look up to find out where they're needed next. Our staff made signs for every sur- geon, and the system has been working flawlessly. Nikki Williams, RN, CNOR Lakeland (Fla.) Surgical & Diagnostic Center nwilliams@lsdc.net PRE-OP EFFICIENCY Cracking the Code to Surgeon Satisfaction SIGN LANGUAGE The number 8 is the pre-op bay to which the patient is assigned, the number 9 indicates the 9th case of the day for the surgeon and VO are the surgeon's initials. Nikki Williams, RN, CNOR Ideas Work That

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