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

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T 5 6 Stop the Preventable Medical Error Crisis How many more patients must die before we decide enough is enough? Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD 10 My Son Did Not Have to Die Learn from the avoidable opioid-induced hypoxia that took his life. Pamela Parker, BSN, RN, CAPA 18 The Finer Points of Sharps Safety Focus on these 4 areas to reduce risks of cuts and sticks. Angela Laramie, MPH 24 Marking the Site Right (Correctly) There are lots of ways to do it wrong, but only a couple of ways to do it right. Photo Essay by Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN 29 Pearls for Proper Patient Positioning Use the right type of equipment for the patient and the procedure to keep your patients safe. Susan Kreimer | Contributing Editor 38 5 Keys to a Fast and Focused MH Response Staff who act quickly and decisively are more likely to save a life. Debra Beauchesne, RN, BSN, CNOR 48 Spot Every Sponge Give your staff the help they need to ensure no object is left behind. Jim Burger | Senior Editor 53 Stay Current on Electrosurgery Don't let your patients get burned by energy-based technology. Thomas Robinson, MD, MS, FACS 58 Keep OR Floors Clear and Dry For the surgical team, safety starts from the ground up. Chris Eggert-Rosenthal, MSN, RN, CNOR 62 It's Time for Honest Discussions About Medical Care Gone Wrong Q&A with Marty Makary, MD, MPH, patient safety advocate and healthcare transparency proponent. To Our Readers That number on the cover is jarring, isn't it? It's well past time to start slashing it to zero. Do your part by ensuring patients are protected from the host of dangers they face during even the most routine procedures. Your surgical team often puts the well-being of patients above their own, but they also need to refocus on reducing the risk of workplace injury. We hope the Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety serves as a reminder that your staff's primary goal is to do no harm, to their patients or themselves. Cover design by Ethan Anderson Staff & Patient Safety O c t o b e r 2 0 1 6 w w w . o u t p a t i e n t s u r g e r y . n e t C O N T E N T S 38 C O N T E N T S

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