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Clear Cut - July 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 1 9 J U LY 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 age noise levels. Loud and clear Most of our staff members appreciate the efforts we're mak- ing to reduce noise distractions. To be honest, some have resisted our attempts to turn down the music in the OR. We've empha- sized that we're not trying to dis- rupt their personal choice of tunes, but that we want quiet during surgery's important stages so their focus is on patient care, not Taylor Swift. I've worked in surgery for a long time. Noisy care is part of the cul- ture, so much so that I believe surgical professionals have become desensitized to excessive sound. Step back and think about how much noise your staff generates during surgery. Loud voices and music can combine with already noisy medical equipment to jeopardize patient care. In loud ORs, people tend to project their voices even louder to compete. It turns into a loud and vicious cycle that we need to break and silence. OSM z VISUAL CUE If it gets too noisy, staff members can lift a quiet badge that attaches to a pull string on our ID badges. University of Kentucky HealthCare Ms. Daniels (kjdani2@email.uky.edu) is the clinical education coordinator of perioperative services at University of Kentucky HealthCare in Lexington.

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