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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 3 T he medication room should always be con- sidered a "red zone," and we make that abundantly clear at our facility. Putting up signage indicating the significance of this zone (pictured), or having a red line on the floor demarcating the zone, is an effec- tive way of eliminating the distractions that can contribute to medication errors. No one is allowed to speak to any individ- ual within the zone — you may also place a red zone around your medication dis- pensing system — so the individual can focus solely on the task at hand: prepar- ing medication. Kelly Fitzpatrick, BSN, MBA Garden City (N.Y.) SurgiCenter kfitzpatrick@gardencitysurgicenter.com Reduce Medication Errors With "Red Zone" Reminders • BOLD REMINDER Signs remind staff not to distract those who are preparing medications. Garden City SurgiCenter

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