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OR Excellence Awards 2016 - September 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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involving patient safety issues. "The discussions were team-building exer- cises, but more importantly they increased the com- fort level of everyone involved to speak up around their col- leagues," says Ms. Smith. Team full of leaders One of the biggest lessons Ms. Smith has learned while keeping her staff focused on patient safety is the importance of effective leadership during emergencies. She says anesthesiologists or surgeons are expect- ed to lead when the stakes are raised, but she's noticed that nurses and techs are beginning to speak up with ideas and instructions to enhance the center's response protocols and are becoming situational leaders in emergency situations. "That speaks to the importance the facility has placed on patient safety, that it's engrained in our culture and everyone feels comfortable taking ownership in the process," she says. — Daniel Cook 4 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 • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 • SAFE START The surgical team uses the World Health Organization surgical safety checklist during pre-op time outs 100% of the time. The Valley Hospital Awards Issue

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