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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 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 | J U LY 2 0 1 5 I D E A S T H A T W O R K S I T E M A R K I N G Stop, You Forgot to Mark the Site T o make sure surgical sites are always marked before patients enter the OR, we keep a plastic sleeve with 2 can't-miss mes- sages on the patient's chart at the bedside, along with an indelible marker. When the surgeon arrives to sign the consent form, and review the history and physical exam, the "stop" sign is facing up and the marker is easily accessible. Once the site is marked, we flip the sleeve over to the green "thumbs up" side, and the OR nurse knows it's OK to proceed to the OR. Since we started using this sys- tem, we've never missed a site to be marked. Julianne Nesselroade, RN, BSN Gladiolus Surgery Center Fort Myers, Fla. dwj2ness@hotmail.com z ON YOUR MARK Patients never get taken to the OR unless we've marked the site. Julianne Nesselroade, RN, BSN

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