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Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2016

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3 8 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 M alignant hyperthermia occurs in approximately 1 out of every 1,000 surgeries performed on adults, so chances are you'll never experience an event in your ORs — and that's exactly why you need to prepare for it. When a patient bleeds unexpectedly or has airway issues, your surgical team's instincts likely kick in to prevent further harm. It's the rare emergencies that can catch them off guard. Keep MH response protocols in the forefront of their minds, so they react to a real-life emergency as if they've seen it all before. Using these tips to practice and prep the right way gives staff that advantage. 1. Conduct annual drills Make practice runs as realistic as possible and ask every staff member who Debra Beauchesne, RN, BSN, CNOR 5 Keys to a Fast and Focused MH Response Staff who act quickly and decisively are more likely to save a life. • TEAM EFFORT The staff at North Country Hospital run drills like the real deal, so everyone knows exactly what to do when the pressure's on. Debra Beauchesne, RN, BSN, CNOR | Newport, Vt.

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