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

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W hen our chief medical officer joined our daily safety huddle one morning, I saw a golden opportunity to get our smoke- free OR program off the ground. I'd been trying to get in front of the CMO for a while and, even though I'd only been at my position for a few months at that point, I wasn't shy. More importantly, I was fiercely passionate about smoke evacuation, so I walked right up and said, "I've been trying to meet with you because we need to talk about getting smoke out of our ORs." He initially thought I was trying to sell him on a spe- cific product, but once he saw I was approaching him purely from a safety perspective, we were off and running. Since that memorable interaction, our facility has made great strides in going smoke-free. On September 1, 2019, our campus decided to go tobac- co-free. We wanted to capitalize on the momentum and excitement the move generated at our facility and approached leadership with a simple ask: "If 6 • S U P P L E M E N T T O 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 • O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 Ashlea Blevins, BSFC, BSN, RN, CNOR | Valdosta, Ga. Smoke-Free Is the Way to Be Lessons learned from our facility's journey to clear the OR air. ROADMAP TO SUCCESS The author (left) and Sheri Felkel, RN, proudly display the blueprint they developed for South Georgia Medical Center's smoke-free OR initiative. South Georgia Medical Center

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