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The Future of Knee Repair - February 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 1 A ssign nurses to specific pre-op bays instead of having them team up to care for all the patients being pre- pared for surgery. For example, we have 5 pre-op chairs and a YAG laser room in our eye surgery center. When the pre-op nurses start in the morning, they pick their assigned areas. One nurse takes chairs 1 and 4, another takes chairs 2 and 5, and another takes chair 3 and the YAG room. Patients know who'll be taking care of them during the nervous time before surgery and loved ones know whom they'll be visiting with if there are any concerns. If there's any question about a specific patient, you can go directly to the assigned nurse without having to ask around for the responsible caregiver. We've found that assign- ments limit frantic activity in the pre-op area and help patients relax and feel good about their care. It's surprising how many patients come back in after surgery to visit "their nurse," and how many nurses receive thank-you cards and treats from patients they cared for. Mary Radke, RN Dakota Eye Surgery Center Bismarck, N.D. mradke@dakotaeye.com Pre-op Assignments Ensure Continuity of Care • CALMING INFLUENCE Patients appreciate being cared for by the same nurse during their time in pre-op. Dakota Eye Surgery Center

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