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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 • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That M any of our patients arrive at our facility with their surgical site already marked. At the urging of our orthope- dic surgeons, patients mark their operative sites with a big "YES" with a Sharpie before they leave home. It's a way to augment our strict site- marking policy. Of course, once patients arrive at our facility, physi- cians mark operative sites with their initials, and the initials must be visi- ble to the OR team once the patient is prepped and draped. If they aren't visible, we break down the sterile field and the surgeon re-marks the site in an area that's not covered up by the drape. Nikki Williams, RN, CNOR Lakeland (Fla.) Surgical & Diagnostic Center nwilliams@lsdc.net Patients Mark Their Sites Before They Leave Home EXTRA PRECAUTION • HOMESCHOOLED Before they leave for our facility, we ask patients to mark the surgical site at home.

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