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1 6 O U T P AT 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 | J U N E 2 0 1 4 IDEAS That Work W e convey our patients' pre-op sta- tus by attaching dif- ferent colored binder clips on their curtains. We almost never have cancellations, because our screenings are very thor- ough, but sometimes things come up at the last moment — like a problem with the IV or a high glucose reading. So we put red clips on the curtains of patients who have issues that need to be addressed. When they're good to go, a gold clip on the curtain means that patient is ready to be seen by the anesthesia provider. A blue clip means the surgeon has seen the patient. And when everything is done and the patient is ready for surgery, we show that with a green clip. It's a great and inexpensive way to communicate and to ensure great care. I got this idea from an ASC I visited as a surveyor — the PCET Surgery Center in Knoxville, Tenn. — and liked it so much, we now use the same procedure. Sandy Berreth, RN, MS, CASC Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center Baxter, Minn. sberreth@brainerdlakessc.com COLOR CODING Binder Clips on Curtains Convey A Lot BEHIND THE CURTAIN We know what we'll find based on the color of the clip attached. Sandy Berreth, RN, MS, CASC OSE_1406_part1_Layout 1 6/6/14 3:44 PM Page 16

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