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8 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 • M a y 2 0 1 7 T hings weren't adding up, remembers Jeanie Brown, BSN, RN, CNOR, perioperative manager at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. The consent form indicated the left knee was to be operated on, but the schedule said it was the right knee that needed repair. That's when one of her circulating nurses issued a hard stop, discussed the surgi- cal site with the patient and called in the surgeon to resolve the later- ality issue. There was no way a wrong-site surgery was happening on the nurse's watch. "Conversations about patient safety must be con- stant," says Ms. Brown. "If you communicate ineffectively or fail to communicate at all, you're setting patients up for harm and your col- Every member of the surgical team has a responsibility to speak up when patients might be harmed. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor SURGICAL ERRORS If You See Something, Say Something • TALKING POINT The quality of communication in the OR impacts complication rates and surgical outcomes.

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