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Personal Battle - March 2021 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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6 0 • 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 • M A R C H 2 0 2 1 R etained foreign objects was the most fre- quently reported adverse event between 2015 and 2017, according to The Joint Commission. We decided to tackle this issue head on by developing a custom count board at our surgery center that could be used in all of our health system's outpatient facilities. Here are the key elements that make it an effective way to keep track of every sponge, needle, burr and blade used during surgery. • Frontline feedback. A number of periopera- tive nurses and certified surgical technologists came together to modify our health system's inpa- tient count worksheet into a custom dry erase Create Your Own Count Board The customized tool helps staff keep track of items used during surgery. Safety Jillian Bowers, BSN, RN, CNOR VISUAL AID Kristina Kostka, BSN, RN, CNOR (left), and Kelley Thompson, BSN, RN, CNOR, stand by a standardized count board in use at one of Michigan Medicine's four surgery centers. Photos by Jillian Bowers

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