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Bring It On- December 2020 - S...

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N o surgeon wakes up in the morning with the intention of performing a wrong-site surgery and yet these types of never events continue to happen, even with protocols and practices in place to prevent them. It's clear the inconsistent or improper use of checklists before and after surgery continues to be an issue at surgi- cal facilities across the county. Checklists are multidisciplinary tools, but not all participants in pre-op time outs are actively engaged in completing them. Because of this, Kimberly Platt, MSN, RN, CAPA, director of nursing surgical services at Cleveland Clinic's Marymount Hospital, helped launch the "Summer of Safety" ini- tiative with the aim of re-educating the periopera- tive team about the importance of performing time outs and using checklists to improve patient safety — and how to implement each properly. "Some nurses said they needed a checklist, a visi- ble aid, so we set out to develop a checklist that created actual accountability for each step of the Universal Protocol," says Ms. Platt. "The sign-in, time out and sign-out now have specific communi- cation tasks for each team member to complete in order to ensure all items are addressed." D E C E M 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 • 4 9 Danielle Bouchat-Friedman | Associate Editor A Simple Tool Makes Surgery Safer Using checklists during pre-op time outs and post-op debriefings protects patients from harm. CLOSING REMARKS The OR staff at Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., run through its debriefing card at the end of each procedure. Kristy Simmons

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