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Why Do ASCs Fail? - August 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 9 A U G U S T 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 the key-holder next to the reception desk, and placed the numbered key tags on it. When patients check in, we give them a key tag and tell them to give it to their family member or driver when they go back for surgery. The front desk writes the number of the key tag on both the patient's chart and next to the patient's name on our ride list at the reception desk. We call out the number when it's time for the patient to go back for surgery, and again after the patient is in PACU, when the family can go back to recovery or go fetch the car. The system is a cheap but effective way to protect patient privacy, and is much easier to learn than high-tech paging systems. Linda W. Frix, RN, BSN, CAPA Northern Virginia Surgery Center Fairfax, Va. lfrix@fairoakssc.com U S I N G Y O U R N O O D L E Cover the Tops of Stretcher Side Rails W e found that pediatric safety pads didn't com- pletely cover the tops of the side rails on stretchers, especially when we had a restless patient. Our solution: pool noodles. Simply cut a slit along the length of a noodle and push it over the side rail. Suzanne Whitenite, BSN, RN Turk's Head Surgery Center West Chester, Pa. whitenite71@comcast.net z PATIENT SAFETY Pool noodles fit snugly over the top of the side rail on your stretchers. Patti Glassey, BSN, RN, CAPA

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