Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Bring It On- December 2020 - S...

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

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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 • D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 T o keep your entire staff abreast of the ever-changing guidelines and directives related to COVID-19, make sure the latest information is easily accessi- ble to everyone. When the coronavirus start- ed spreading quickly, and because pandem- ic guidelines and directives were changing so rapidly, we created a COVID-19 binder, which staff use to quickly reference current information. To create your own useful resource, include guidelines from the CDC and your state health department. Then, separate the binder into easy-to-navigate sections. We divided ours by • policies and procedures, • ADH/CDC directives and guidelines, • staff education, • screening tools, • emergency preparedness and response plan and • emergency management risk assessment plan. Store the binder in a central location, and email alerts to staff when information is updated, added or changed. Cami Myers, RN, BSN, CCM Arkansas Specialty Surgery Center Little Rock, Ark. cami.meyers@arspecialty.com Ideas Work That DUTY BOUND Staff from the Arkansas Specialty Surgery Center review their pandemic response binder. Cami Meyers UPDATED INFO Create a COVID-19 Quick-reference Guide I f you want to reduce foot traffic in operat- ing rooms — traffic that can lead to increased surgical site infections, distractions, airflow dis- turbances and decreased efficiency — slide a Do Not Enter sign in laminat- ed holders hung on OR doors. Thanks to the prominent signage, staff will stop and ask them- selves if their reason for entering the room is truly necessary, or if what they need can wait or be communicated to members of the surgical team by phone. Barbara Wolaver, BSN, RN, CNOR Kaiser Permanente Tysons McLean, Va. INFECTION CONTROL Slow Your Stroll During Surgery barbara.wolave08@gmail.com NO ENTRY A simple sign keeps door openings to a minimum during surgery. Barbara Wolaver

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