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Healing is Coming - February 2021 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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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 • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 O ur facility's break room is very small, so we've posted a sign that says only six employees at a time can gather there during the pan- demic. Numerous staff members are on break at once, though, so we spaced chairs six feet apart in the hallway out- side my office. The arrangement gives everyone a place to get off their feet and rest between cases, although the staff jokes that they feel like they're sitting outside the principal's office. Carmen M. Wilson, RN, BSN, CIC Proliance Eastside Surgery Center Kirkland, Wash. c.wilson@proliancesurgeons.com HERD IN THE HALL Social Distancing Sit-Downs GRAB A SEAT During the pandemic, Proliance Eastside Surgery employees take breaks outside the director's office. Carmen M. Wilson W e have a multi-step protocol to com- plete for each knee, hip and shoulder replacement patient before the day of surgery. This protocol includes making pre-op calls to conduct a health assessment, an in-per- son visit with a nurse to review pre- and post-op instructions, creating a medication calendar and scheduling a pre-op physical therapy appoint- ment. We use a white board to track each patient's progress before the day of their sur- gery (ID numbers are used instead of names to comply with HIPAA). The board allows us to see the status of all upcoming joint patients at a glance and helps to ensure we meet each one's needs before they undergo surgery. Nancy Peck, RN Pend Oreille Surgery Center Ponderay, Idaho nancy@poscllc.com PRE-OP PREP White Board Keeps Cases on Track LINE ITEMS The process ensures all pre-op steps have been taken, so patients feel well-prepared and less anxious before their joint replacements. Nancy Peck Ideas Work That

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