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OR Excellence Awards 2015 - September 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 2 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 | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 I D E A S T H A T W O R K H ere's a simple way to identify patients who require contact precau- tions or contact-plus pre- cautions. Fit them with a green bouffant instead of a light blue one in pre-op. This easy-to-distinguish visual cue quickly identi- fies the need for verbal clarification, isolation, gowning and gloving, or other precautions before the staff member begins treatment, keeping patients and staff safe from cross-contamination risks. We're pretty good about communicating special infection pre- vention precautions, but despite our best efforts, not every staff mem- ber who encounters the patient in the OR or PACU has access to the chart or gets a verbal report detailing those precautions. Terry Anderson, RN, BSN, and Penny Baird, RN, BSN University of Utah Health Care Salt Lake City, Utah terry.anderson@hsc.utah.edu S A F E T Y S I G N A L Color-Coded Caps Communicate Caution z GREEN MEANS KNOW Patients under special infection precautions wear green bouffant hats.

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