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Special Edition: Staff & Patient Safety - October 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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B e careful, the floor's wet and slippery. Colbie Fredette, RN, absentmindedly repeats that phrase without look- ing up whenever someone walks into the OR during fluid-heavy ortho cases. "I say it all the time," laughs Ms. Fredette, nurse manager at Boston Out-patient Surgical Suites in Waltham, Mass. "When the floor is wet, it gets slick, and it's easy to slip and fall." She'd rather sound like a broken record than watch one of her teammates break a bone. To help stem the tide during joint arthroscopies, her facility invest- ed in four mobile fluid collection units — one for each of its three ORs and another to have on standby for fluid-intensive cases — that attach directly to specialized pouches on surgical drapes to keep runoff from hitting the floor. The systems work wonderfully — when they're used. O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 3 7 Keep Floors Clear and Dry Eliminate tripping and slipping hazards in the OR to keep staff upright and safe. Dan Cook | Editor-in-Chief NEAT IDEA Clutter-free spaces decrease the potential for injury and distractions during action-packed days in the OR.

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