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

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A P R I L 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 3 Right Procedure Is Always in the Cards H ere's an addition- al way to help make sure that "never events" never hap- pen. The day before sur- gery, we write down all the pertinent information for each patient on cards, including the patient's name, the patient's eye or location of surgery, the name of the procedure and, if applicable, the pre- operative diagnosis and specimen for pathology. Then we place the card on the patient's chest before the case and refer to it during our time out. There's no added expense, because we use the cards that are included with the smart pack we run before that surgical day. They're the per- fect size and shape, and we can simply recycle them instead of throw- ing them away. Kathy Lutz, RN Hazleton (Pa.) Ambulatory Surgical Center kathyl@eyedocs1.com • SMART CARD Our extra step helps make sure mistakes never happen. Sally Mitchell, RN

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