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

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P ortable handheld ultrasound probes that attach to smartphones are one of many tools that make prac- ticing regional anesthesia an easier task, but the probe and the smartphone often gets dirty while in use. An ER doctor gave me the simplest tip to keep both clean: Slip them into an ultrasound probe cover and keep the phone in place by wrapping rubber bands around the cover at the top and bottom of the phone. You can see through the cover per- fectly and touch the screen without issue to adjust the depth and gain — all while it stays clean. Nadia Hernandez, MD Texas Medical Center Houston, Texas nadia.hernandez@uth.tmc.edu 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 • N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 0 Ideas Work That BLOCK PLACEMENT A Clean and Clear Solution for Handheld Ultrasound Nadia Hernandez LAYER OF PROTECTION An inexpensive ultrasound probe cover is just as effective as more costly and bulkier cases at keeping smartphones clean during the placement of regional blocks. W e invite patients and staff to recognize members of the team who demonstrate one of our medical center's core val- ues — respect, teamwork, service, honesty — by submit- ting a card describing the good deed to our facility's human resources department. The recognition is noted in the employee's personnel file and the card is passed, along with a small round blue sticker, to their manager. The manager reads the card aloud at a staff meeting and presents the employee with the 'blueberry' sticker, which they place on their ID badge. After an employee receives 12 blueberries, they exchange their standard-issue white badge for a blue badge. Twelve more blueberries earn them a gold badge and then accumulating 24 more blue- berries earn them the highest honor: the Cloud Badge (white puffs on a sky-blue back- ground). Staff are limited to earning one blueberry a month, so we know dedicated staff members with cloud badges have worked hard over several years to earn at least 48 blueberries. Tami Geske, RN, BSN Rogue Regional Medical Center Medford, Ore. tami.geske@asante.org FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR Badge 'Blueberries' Boost Staff Morale STATUS SYMBOLS Top performers at Rogue Regional Medical Center earn blue stickers that represent their will- ingness to go above and beyond for their patients and coworkers. Tami Geske

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