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send emails about the case to individual providers instead of sharing their concerns with the entire team during the pre-op huddle. "We're trying to create a common forum for conversations that typically hap- pen in silos or in microenvironments, so that everybody brings impor- tant pieces of information regarding the patient to the table," says Ms. Nolan. "We all benefit when we're on the same page, and when we understand what each person is worried about." Accurate counts Surgical count boards play a vital role in preventing retained surgi- cal items, but inconsistencies in their design can jeopardize safe patient care. The lack of a standardized counting board was a prob- lem among the surgical facilities of Michigan Medicine, a large health system based in Ann Arbor. Inpatient sites used paper count sheets and ambulatory sur- gery centers employed white- boards. The opening of Michigan Health's Brighton (Mich.) Center for Specialty Care was the prime opportunity for staff at the new facility to develop a standard- ized count board for 9 2 • 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

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