Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Year of the Nurse - November 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

Issue link: http://magazine.outpatientsurgery.net/i/1306264

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 11 of 83

1 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 • N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 0 W e've developed a sign system to alert staff and physicians about a patient's risk factors such as allergies, falls, insulin dependence and skin tears. The signs are printed with large, upper-case lettering, laminated and clipped onto the patient's IV pole, allowing staff to immediately see them when they walk into a room. These alerts are entered onto patients' EMRs as well to cover all bases. The signs work very well and have helped us avoid a couple near misses with latex allergies. They're easy and affordable to make; we make them ourselves with computer paper and pur- chased a lamination machine. The signs are sani- tized at the same time beds are cleaned. We used to print out and hang paper signs, but the laminat- ed versions work better since we can pull and reuse them from a stock of already cleaned signs we have at the ready. Lora Crum, RN Gulf Coast Endoscopy and Surgery Center of Venice Venice, Fla. lcrum@gulfcoastendocenter.com WARNING LABEL Laminated alerts ensure staff are aware of a patient's specific risk factors. PATIENT SAFETY Signs Signal What Precautions to Take Lora Crum Ideas Work That

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Outpatient Surgery Magazine - Year of the Nurse - November 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine