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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 T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 9 W e call them task cards, and I call them "a surveyor and sit- uation life saver." We keep 6 of these laminated, color-coded task cards on a key ring in each department — business office, pre-op, OR, post-op and maintenance, for example — and each card gives staff a clear understand- ing of their responsibili- ties in response to an emer- gency situation: fire (red), bomb (black), disaster (green), active shooter (gray/silver), severe weather (brown) and violence/security threat (white). In addi- tion to their role in securing the safety of patients and staff, the task cards have helped to eliminate the "I don't know" answer to surveyors. If a surveyor comes in and addresses the staff with a question about how they would handle a particular situation, the staffer can refer to the task card and provide specific steps for exactly how they would respond. Barbara J. Holder, RN, BSN, LHRM, CAPA Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center Gulf Breeze, Fla. bholder@andrewsinstitutesc.com How to Respond in an Emergency EASY TASK Pre-op nurse Donna Barthes, RN, PAT, reviews the color-coded task cards. Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center

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