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Would You Operate On This Patient? - October 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 3 O C T O B E R 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 that we let the prep dry for a minimum of 3 minutes. This protects your patients, lets the prep work most effectively and minimizes the risk of igniting alcohol-based preps during surgery. Same goes for sur- face disinfection: Wipe the area with your preferred disinfectant and let it remains visibly wet for the recommended kill time by applying the solution or using more wipes as needed. Thomas Durick, MD Bay Surgery Center Oakland, Calif. tdurick@baysurgerycenter.com W A I T I N G G A M E Dealing With Delays F or patients, nothing's worse than an inter- minable wait in pre-op. To reduce complaints about long waits, check in on patients parked in pre-op due to a backed-up schedule or a late physician. Every 30 minutes, a patient care technician or RN rounds each pre-operative bay to check and see if patients need anything, such as a warm blanket, a maga- zine or a bathroom break. We honestly let patients and family members know the cause of the delay and the approximate start time of their surgery. After round- ing, we initial the box on the patient-rounding log. Patients appreciate knowing why they're waiting and that we haven't for- gotten about them. Chatting with them for a minute eases their frustration. Annamarie York, MBA Hoffman Estates (Ill.) Surgery Center acyork@hesc1555.com z NOT FORGOTTEN The simple act of checking in on patients in pre-op whose cases are delayed goes a long way.

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