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OSE_1309_part2_Layout 1 9/6/13 12:22 PM Page 69 2013 Awards MH preparedness. • Sharps safety. The center's safety officer gathers the latest safety syringes, needles and blades for staff to evaluate. She organizes them in 3 drawer bins and has the assessment for them already preprinted so all staff have to do is circle the appropriate response for each item they've evaluated. "Staff also enjoy being able to evaluate new items that we might soon put into our practice," says Ms. Bell. • Preventing patient falls. Cityview's pre-op phone call nurse does an extensive history on patients to assess their fall risks, asking about problems with dizziness or vertigo, and assessing patients' fall risk scores. "If any patients meet the requirements of our fall risk criteria policy, we label them as a fall risk," says Ms. Bell. Patients at risk for falling wear name ID bands that are highlighted yellow. An orange dot goes on their chart and W/C (meaning these patients will require a wheelchair) is noted next to their names on the schedule. — Dan O'Connor S E P T E M B E R 2013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E

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