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Difficult Airways - April 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 9 A P R I L 2 0 1 5 | 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 I D E A S T H A T W O R K I n our busy 4-OR center, we assign each surgeon a numbered cubicle in pre-op so she always knows where her next patient is. We try to match the pre-op bay number to each OR — so doc- tors' assignments stay the same — which limits confusion among surgeons and anesthesiologists. To make patient flow even easier, we set up the pre-op bed table ahead of time with an IV start kit, a name card with the surgeon's name and a laminated pre-op safe sur- gery checklist. And as you can see in the photo on the right, our pre- op RNs are also tasked each afternoon with setting up stretchers with a gown, booties, head cover and belonging bag for the next day's first patients. It's a simple step, but it makes a big difference in our efficiency. Vicki V. Schultz, RN, CASC Texas Health Women's Specialty Surgery Center z SAVE TIME Assigning surgeons' pre-op bays and getting cases ready the day before increases efficiency. S I M P L E S E T - U P Assign Each Doc a Numbered Cubicle Vicki V. Schultz, RN, CASC Dallas, Texas vschultz@thwssc.com

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