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Compounding Disaster - July 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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F or your surgeons and staff, the OR is littered with land- mines. If they don't slip on the wet floor or trip on the criss- cross of cords, knives and needles could poke them or toxic plumes could choke them. But our survey of nearly 150 sur- gical leaders uncovered an even more treacherous occupational haz- ard: OR team members' almost cavalier disregard for their own safety. "Let's be honest, employee safety isn't at the top of anyone's agenda," says Mary Foley, PhD, RN, FAAN, a clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. "We need to constantly 1 0 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 U L Y 2 0 1 6 Surgeon and Staff Safety: Lost in the Shuffle • POINT TAKEN Many facility leaders say they've witnessed sharps injuries, but few require the use of hands-free passing. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN Does your OR team focus as much on its own safety as that of the patient's? Daniel Cook | Executive Editor

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