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The Trouble With Transvaginal Mesh - August 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Out to Lunch If you come back late from your break, you'd better have a good excuse. N othing annoys a scrub nurse or tech more than a colleague who comes back late from her lunch break. Even a violation of a few minutes can send the most placid staff member into blastoff mode. I can do without the furor, but I do enjoy the excuses the offenders offer upon their tardy return. • "The line at the deli was long." How long is long? The only way this excuse would fly is if the deli were 3 miles away. Or if the pastrami on rye with everything really did have everything on it and took a lit- tle longer to prepare. Or if the service was slow (one bistro had a waiter so old and frail that when I asked for salt and pepper, he had to make 2 trips). But we all know which places to avoid and, as the occasion dictates, how to eat on the run. I can still wolf down a sand- wich in 20 milliseconds if I have to. • "I lost track of time." This is a hard one to swallow, as every room in the OR environs has at least one timepiece. Not to mention, only a scarce few travel without their precious iPhones. The importance of adhering to lunchtime allotment and tracking time is hardwired into every employee — or at least it should be. Maybe the offender simply 1 2 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 • M A Y 2 0 1 6 Cutting Remarks John D. Kelly IV, MD The tech's lunch break was so long that the scrub nurse kept a diary. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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