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Mary Wilson, BSN, RN, CNOR STAFFING The Simple Cure for Sluggish Patient Flow We choreographed a brand-new routine for our pre-op nurses. I n our teaching hospital, patients used to come into a single pre-op area containing 10 beds before being sent to one of 9 ORs. When patients arrived at registra- tion, we'd pull their charts and place them on the pre-op desk. Nurses would grab the charts and start preparing the patients for surgery on a first-come, first- served basis. There was no organization to the flow and no method for HELPFUL HANDOFFS Simple tweaks to staffing assignments will improve com- munication between the OR and pre-op. The chart below shows how ORs and pre-op beds are linked so nurses in both areas work together throughout the day. 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 | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 3 6

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