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

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T he staff and physicians at the Presidio Surgery Center in San Francisco take their safety drills seriously. Like watching a fire safety consultant burst into flames in the OR so they can practice extinguishing real flames. That's right. The con- sultant lays down on a gurney wearing an asbestos vest. He places a butane-soaked pad on his vest and — poof — touches a lighter to it. "It's quite dramatic and gets the point across. It adds to the realism of the drill," says Steven Vitcov, MD, the center's medical director. For stopping at nothing to protect their patients, Presidio Surgery Center's staff and physicians are this year's winner of the OR Excellence Award in Patient Safety. Serious scenarios Live fires aside, the center's safety drills are effective and educational because they're based on plausible scenarios that use the clinical data of patients they've cared for recently, like a patient who presented with coronary artery dis- 5 6 O U T P A T 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 O R E X C E L L E N C E AWA R D S O R E X C E L L E N C E AWA R D S Patient Safety Incredibly realistic drills and a staff of true believers protect patients at the Presidio Surgery Center. S p o n s o r e d b y z DRILL TEAM Staff are put through the paces during in-services that mimic actual emergencies. Steven Vitcov, MD

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