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The Power to Prevent SSIs - June 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J U N E 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 3 1 Slight Exaggerations Surgical sayings that stretch the truth just a bit. S urgery has its own set of sayings that exaggerate the truth. We hear these time and again. Here's what you're left with when you peel back the fiction from the fact. Scrub: "Go get the patient. I'm ready." So you do. But when you come back, your scrub says she needs at least a dozen things. Mind you, she's still scrubbed in, arms crossed and seat- ed on a stool. It would take her all of 5 minutes to cleanse her hands, re-gown and glove after getting the items she's wanting me to get. (Never mind that I'm trying to position our 300-plus-pound patient on a surfboard-size bed.) "No cell phones allowed in the OR." Your tech has one, the anesthesia provider has one (plus an iPad), the industry rep has one and the surgeon has 2 phones. "Staffing is going to get better. We have 2 more travelers coming next week." Mmm, great! But what about the 2 full-time nurs- es that left last Friday? The 2 out for maternity leave? And the new one that's still wet behind the ears? Patient: "Just knock me out." If only we could for some. Behind Closed Doors Paula Watkins, RN, CNOR

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