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What's the Harm? - December 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 5 D E C E M 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 K eep stethoscopes from walk- ing off and leaving your providers in the lurch. We cal- culated that our nurses and anesthesiolo- gists were wasting about 25 minutes a week looking for stethoscopes. Not only was it a lag on productivity, it was also a major source of frustration, and it made us look bad to patients. Solution: We purchased multiple iden- tical stethoscopes to keep in mutually agreed on standard locations. We also labeled them to make it clear where they belong, and we attached adhesive hooks in those locations to hang them on. Now they're much less likely to wander off, and, as a bonus, since they're located next to other equipment that's routinely disin- fected, they always get cleaned between patients. Kelly McGarvey, RN, BSN, MSN, CAPA Confluence Health WVH-Surgery Center Wenatchee, Wash. kellymcgarvey@hotmail.com ON THE HOOK Hang Stethoscopes On Adhesive Hooks z STAYING HOME Specially designated loca- tions and adhesive hooks will keepyour stetho- scopes from wandering off. Kelly McGarvey RN, BSN, CAPA

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