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H ere's a simple way to ensure that patients who report a complication or signs of infection during a follow-up call don't fall through the cracks. First, fill out a red card with the patient's name, medical record number, date of birth, date of service, physician and a brief description of the issue. Then place the red card in a hanging envelope in the nursing director's office. This way, she's always informed about a potential complication and can follow up with the physician on the outcome. The cards also act as a sec- ondary surveillance system should a patient be treated out of town or by a physi- cian other than the surgeon. Lisa Ertle, BA, RN Surgicare of Oradell lisaertlepatch@ gmail.com O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 3 Stay on Top of Post-op Complications • RAISING AWARENESS Our red card system reminds us to monitor post-surgical problems. Lisa Ertle, BA, RN

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