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

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push of a button. Ms. Thompson is undeterred. She plans to use the feedback her sur- geons gave to trial more sharps safety products. "I'd love to be safety- all-the-way, but I also value our doctors' opinions, and I'm not going to force them to use a product they're not comfortable with," she says. "You want ease of use. You don't want to take extra steps to do some- thing." Keep in mind that OSHA wants to see evidence that you routinely trial safety-engineered devices: "If an effective and clinically appro- priate safety-engineered sharp exists, an employer must evaluate and implement it," unless such a product fails to meet standards for patient safety and medical integrity, says OSHA. And your frontline staff must have a say in the selection. You must "solicit input from non-managerial employees responsible for direct patient care who are potentially exposed to injuries from contami- nated sharps and document the solicitation in the exposure control plan." OSM 6 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 6 We stressed to our docs that the literature reflects 70% of blade injuries are preventable with a safety device. — Jennifer L. Fencl, DNP, RN, CNS-BC, CNOR

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