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

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G iven the chance, some surgeons seem to want to down- play the importance of surgical checklists. Some view the pre-op handoff/checklist as a waste of time, since a pre-incision/pre-surgi- cal pause is performed in the OR. But why wait until the patient is on the table to discover an error? We make our checklists mandato- ry, beginning with the first phase and the pre-op face-to-face handoff. Our practice is to not allow our patients to leave the pre-op area until all components of the pre-surgical checklist are addressed and each item is initialed by both nurses participating in the face-to-face hand- off. We used to hear, "Oh, I'll get the surgeon to sign that in the OR." But we decided that wasn't good enough. Surgeons may "protest" from time to time, but the practice makes everyone more diligent about making sure business is taken care of the way it should be. After all, we are our patients' advocates and it's our responsibility to make patient safety our highest priority. Linda W. Frix, RN, BSN, CAPA Northern Virginia Surgery Center Fairfax, Va. lfrix@fairoakssc.com 2 0 • 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 • PAPERS IN ORDER? Patients don't leave pre-op until the pre-surgical checklist is complete and both nurses in the face-to-face handoff initial each item. The OR's Closed Until Pre-Surgical Checklist is Complete Linda W. Frix, RN, BSN, CAPA Ideas Work That

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