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Compounding Disaster - July 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J U L Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 3 9 Channel Surfing What if you could click away from a bad day? I used to carry a remote control made of foam rubber with me in surgery that I'd squeeze to help me deal with the stress- ful moments. When I was taking more than my fair share of trash from all sides, I'd pull out the rubber remote and press the buttons. When the surgeon asked what I was up to, I'd say, "I'm trying to find the button that mutes you." Not very professional, but it was a lot more professional than the words the sur- geon was slinging at me. And I haven't stopped thinking about what it would be like to own a remote that lets you control your OR work day. Let's see what's on First off, I wouldn't even press the power button on a Monday. Who in their right mind would ever do that? If I were forced to show up, however, and the on-off button didn't work, I'd want to see the on-screen program guide. If this Monday looks anything like the last one, I sure don't want to sit through a rerun. I click the button. In OR 1 we have eyes. I don't do eyes. That oph- thalmic surgeon thinks his staff, scrub and circulator should all have PhDs to work on his cases. If I'm going back to school for anything, it's going to be for something fun, like making cupcakes. Behind Closed Doors Paula Watkins, RN, CNOR Would a universal remote help us to avoid tough situations, or just leave us easily dissatisfied with whichever ones we find ourselves in?

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