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The Secret of Gritflowness - October 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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10 • 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 NO TIME TO WASTE Streamline the Search for Missing Instruments Ideas Work That M arking trash bags with an OR's room num- ber is a simple way to shorten the search for misplaced instruments. No matter how many instrument counts take place or how vigilant a surgical team might be, tools can get misplaced — or accidently thrown away. If we get a call from sterile processing about a missing instrument, the last thing anyone wants to do is search through multiple trash bags to look for it. To minimize the rummaging, we write OR room numbers on trash bags. That way, we'll only have to look through the bags from individ- ual rooms when searching for an instrument that went missing during a specific case. Carol Gentry, MSN, RN Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore cgentry1@sjmi.edu NARROWING THE SEARCH Staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital number trash bags in each OR. Carol Gentry, MSN, RN D o you ever notice how your fresh stock of facility- logoed pens always seem to disappear? If you don't want to lecture staff about "stealing" your dwindling supplies, try this counterintuitive approach: Hold a competi- tion and reward the most prolific pilferer. Simply ask every- one to bring in their collection, place them on a piece of paper with their name and the number of returned pens on it, and reward the person who stockpiled the most. We held our first pen thief competition recently, and it was a rousing success. Staff got a kick out of the irreverent competition and the win- ner walked away with a small prize — as well as a great story. Victoria Wiltshire, MBA, RN SightTrust Eye Institute Sunrise, Fla. vwiltshire@sighttrust.com SUPPLY-SAVER Why We Reward Pen Thieves THE COMPANY'S INK Staff at SightTrust Eye Institute submitted photos of the company pens they managed to collect as part of a fun, light-hearted competition. Victoria Wiltshire, MBA, RN

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