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Clear Cut - July 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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While nearly all of Sumner's cases employ safety blades, the cen- ter still holds some traditional scalpels in order to avoid adversely impacting the process or compromising outcomes. "They're pack- aged separately, they're not in any tray," says Mr. Wilkerson. "A scrub is responsible for pulling them when they're needed, and the reason must be more than just, the surgeon doesn't want to use a safety knife." Last but not least, if your initial efforts to implement safety scalpels fail, don't give up. Keep looking and keep trialing. "Continue to search for something that satisfies your surgeons," says Mr. Wilkerson. "Until you reach that product, continue to trial. All that you can do is what you have to do to keep staff free from injuries." OSM E-mail dbernard@outpatientsurgery.net. 5 9 J U LY 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T

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