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Clear Cut - July 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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2 1 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 If you have your own great idea you want to get published, share it with us by sending it to ideas@outpatientsurgery.net. come in different sizes and have egg-crate foam interiors, which help protect sensitive devices. Available in most sporting goods stores at an affordable price. 4. Prone position practice. When turning a patient into prone posi- tion, a pillowcase can make the task easier. The staff member doing the "catching" places a pillowcase on her arms and spreads them apart. As others turn the patient, the catcher places her arms under- neath and catches the patient as she flips onto her stomach. Gently place the patient down while the staff member slides her arms out of the pillowcase, without the worry of shearing or tearing skin. Others suggest using a trash bag instead of a pillowcase to save on laundering. 5. Storage solution. If your limited storage space is forcing your staff to run in and out of the OR to fetch supplies during cases, here is an easy option. Instead of staff lugging 3,000 cc bags to the OR, consider using an Igloo cooler on wheels. You can fill the cooler with the heavy bags before the day's cases and tuck it out of the way in the OR. Then, when another bag is needed mid-procedure, the circulator can reach down and grab it. It increases effi- ciency and cuts down on the infection risks associated with opening and closing the OR door. 6. The cure for fallen mop handles. If you use microfiber mops with removable pads to turn over rooms between cases, you know that the mop handles won't stand upright in their buckets on their own. Fallen mop handles present a potential tripping hazard for staff. The simple solution: Buy vinyl-coated hooks at a home improvement superstore and fas- ten them sideways to the wall in the corridor outside your ORs. The sideways hooks will catch the mop handles and prevent them from falling to the floor.

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