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Battle Post-op Pain Without Opioids - April 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J A N 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 • 1 1 9 A n aware OR team member calling to mind an important drug allergy or skin lesion? That's good for patient safety. An overzealous OR team member con- veying alarm over something that, in real- ity, has no clinical con- sequence? That's unrea- sonable. Don't let one dissenting voice in the OR team halt an excur- sion to the OR. Here, responsive leadership is necessary to protect the patient's best interests. Some examples: • Body piercing. Just what are the risks of performing surgery on a patient with a body piercing? It appears to be a nebulous zone. Some well-intentioned staff will roadblock any surgery involving the use of electrocautery when any body piercing is present. Take the young woman who recently presented to our outpatient facility for a hip arthroscopy. Her nose ring was firmly implanted in a nostril and not readily removable. A vocal team member refused to allow the surgery despite the anesthesia attending's consent. Not aware of any immedi- Are We Going Overboard With Patient Safety? Sometimes you have to overrule overprotective staff members. Cutting Remarks John D. Kelly IV, MD • MOTHER HEN Is patient safety really being compro- mised or are we sometimes guilty of overreacting?

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