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

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5 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 O ver the course of my career, I've seen a number of colleagues fall prey to on-the-job injuries. One stands out. A nurse hurried across the OR to grab an urgently needed supply, tripped on a cord and broke her ankle. She was out of work and lost a portion of her wages for months. Her time off meant her colleagues had to work overtime and extra call shifts to cover her absence, which heightened their stress levels. Sound familiar? It might, considering slips, trips and falls are the second most common cause of lost workday For the surgical team, safety starts from the ground up. Chris Eggert-Rosenthal, MSN, RN, CNOR Two Rivers, Wisc. Keep OR Floors Clear and Dry • WRONG WAY DOWN Slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of lost workday injuries among healthcare professionals. injuries in health care, according to the CDC, which says the mishaps are more likely to result in fractures and multiple injuries than other types of workers' compensa- tion claims. There's more than the personal health of your employees at stake when it comes to following these tips to keep staff upright and injury-free. • Organize the space. I've only ever worked in 1 or 2 operating rooms that were less than 15 years old. As you know, the trouble with old ORs is new technology. Adding equipment crowds the workspace and clutters the floor with power cords and data cables, which poses a significant occupation-

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