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

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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 Not every patient's calves are the same size, an important point for your nurses to keep in mind when fitting your patients with sequential compression devices (SCDs). If the sleeve is too tight, it'll hurt the calf muscles when it squeezes. Too loose, and it won't prevent circulatory stasis. To make sure your nurses are using the right-sized sleeves, have them apply the SCD to a roll of paper towels. Full rolls sim- ulate a bariatric patient's calves, while half-used rolls could be an elderly patient's. This exercise will demonstrate how ineffective the wrong sizes are. Sharon Butler, MSN, BSN, RN Stanford University Hospital and Clinics Palo Alto, Calif. sbutler@stanfordmed.org PREVENTING DVT Use Paper Towels to Simulate Calf Size O ur OR staff gathers for a "morning huddle" for anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes before cases start each day. When our accredi- tation survey is coming up, we spend a few minutes during each huddle reviewing 2 questions that a surveyor might ask. This way, staff won't be so nervous during the actual survey. Shannon Tatman, RN Nanticoke Hospital Seaford, Del. tatmans@naticoke.org MORNING HUDDLE How We Stay Survey-Ready IDEAS That Work

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