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board that now hangs in each OR. Staff members who came to our ASC from inpa- tient units were accustomed to using the standardized count worksheet, but col- leagues coming from other outpatient facilities within the health system were already familiar with using a whiteboard to display counts. The group liked the work- sheet's format, but wanted the counts visible on an easy- to-reference whiteboard. • Intuitive design. We com- bined our internal policy for preventing retained surgical items with AORN guidance to develop a whiteboard used to track soft goods, sharps and miscellaneous items. The count board's design needed to follow the estab- lished sequence in which the counts should be conducted (sponges, sharps and miscellaneous items) using the standardized count worksheet as a guide. The staff split into groups to create their ideal board. For example, one group came up with the idea to put the column for sutures on the far right so that additional suture added to the field could be counted vertically instead of trying to add numbers together horizontally. The groups then came together and designed a board taking into consideration all ideas presented. • Streamlined choices. One criticism of the inpa- tient standardized count worksheet was the number of items listed. As a result, the staff determined which items were to be printed on the board and which service-specific items could be noted on mag- nets and added to the board when needed. The pre- printed items included standard items used fre- quently such as laps/Raytec sponges, blades, suture and Bovie tips. The staff then listed the additional, service-specific items such as rubber bands, drill bits and dura hooks that would be noted on mag- nets. These items could then be added to the board for counts when they're on the field, but wouldn't clutter the board when not in use. (The magnets were created with magnetic tape and a label print- er.). These magnets were placed on a separate board that's hung adjacent to the count board for easy access if they're needed. • Clear visibility. Once the design of the board was complete, we decided to hang it in each OR on a wall adjacent to the sterile field, so it's easily visi- ble during procedures. It was important that the board hang in a location where it could be easily used during all counts, and visible to all disciplines throughout the procedure. • Added versatility. We created the dry erase board by printing item categories on a piece of paper that was slid behind a clear plastic cover- ing. That way, the board can be easily altered; if a new item needed to be added, the board could be updated by printing the new template and insert- ing it behind the plastic. This prevents having to replace the entire board or remove it from the wall when changes need to be made. The custom count boards were so successful in our facility that we introduced them to three other surgery centers in our health system. Thanks to our in-house project, we now have a standardized approach across all facilities for conducting counts and preventing retained objects. OSM Ms. Bowers (jnbowers@med.umich.edu) is the OR educational nurse coordinator of ambulatory surgery at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 6 1 BY THE NUMBERS Staff at Michigan Medicine's newest ambulatory surgery center jumped at the chance to standardize and develop a custom count board.

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