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Fair and Equal Pay? - January 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 The trouble with the surgical safety checklist is that it's easy to speed through the checkbox- es rather than carry out the steps conscientiously. Here are innovative ways you and your team can call attention to the importance of verification, site-marking and time outs every time. • Hang reminders on IV bags. Patients shouldn't receive pre-op sedation or leave pre-op until their surgi- cal site has been properly marked. Remind your sur- geons which patients are still waiting for their site to be marked by hanging hard-to-miss signs on the IV poles by their beds. Once the marking's done, you can double down on safety by placing a brightly colored sticker identifying the surgical site directly on the IV bag, where everyone in the OR will be able to see it. • Label regional block syringes. If your anesthesia providers tape yellow "time out" labels over the thumb inserts of their syringes every time they prepare drugs for regional blocks, they won't be able to oper- ate the syringes or deliver the blocks until they remove the labels. And removing the labels will surely remind them to verify that they're administering the injection to the correct site. Get Their Attention for Wrong-Site Prevention Innovative Ideas Ideas That Work ITW

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