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Is Your Turnover Team Fast Enough? - August 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 2 3 A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 | 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 Paula Watkins, RN, CNOR BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Weathering the Surgical Forecast Going to OR 1? Bring an umbrella. W hat if surgery got the Weather Channel treatment and minute-by-minute projections of climate conditions in each OR? It's sunny and cool for the circulator and scrub in OR 1. They're working with the surgeon they love, and they've pulled all the supplies they need. Everyone is chattering and smiling. Too bad you're not assigned to that case. You're not in OR 3, either, where it's so warm that the patient isn't buried under 10 blankets while awaiting induction. In contrast, it's rain-forest sweaty in OR 4. It wasn't like that before the case: When you recorded the temp and humidity, they were within the regulatory range (as defined by someone who's proba- bly never worked in an OR). But the thermo- stat is electronic, which means it has a mind of its own. You call maintenance — and leave a message, because they're not in yet. Drought conditions in OR 2, where a "get me the heck out of here" case slogs on The storms have blown past. I hear someone humming "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in OR 1.

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