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What Surgeons Want - November 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 W e created cards that alert staff to the dates that supplies need to be removed from stock and replaced. Cut the cards out of red stock paper using a smartphone as a cutting template. After laminat- ing the cards, use a dry erase marker — that way you can reuse the cards — to note supply items and the dates they expire. Hang the cards on wire shelves with loose-leaf binder rings or attach them to plastic storage carts with heavy-duty Velcro. The cards serve as a quick visual reminder of when supplies become outdated and hold everyone accountable to when items need to be replaced — our culture is: if you see it, you deal with it. We also perform monthly checks of all supply storage areas to ensure we're catching and addressing outdated supplies. Debra Beauchesne, RN, BSN, CNOR North County Hospital Newport, Vt. dbeauchesne@nchsi.org Hang Tags to Identify Outdated Supplies • VISUAL REMINDERS Make supply expiration dates easy for staff to spot. Debra Beauchesne RN BSN CNOR

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