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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Staff & Patient Safety - October 2017

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 5 Contents 6 Lessons From 3 Wrong-Site Surgeries Focus on what really happened, not what's supposed to happen. Steven Wentworth, RN, CNOR, BSN, MBA 11 Make MH Drills Count Realistic practice sessions could someday prove to be life-saving exercises. Margaret M. Thomas, MSN, BS, RN, CNOR 21 The High Cost of Pressure Ulcers Your patients' health and your facility's finances are at significant risk if you don't protect sensitive skin. Charlene DiNobile, RN, MEd, CNOR, CNAA, CST, CSPDT 28 Let's Ban Surgical Smoke It's time to protect all surgical professionals from the harmful effects of toxic plumes. Jeff Belcher, BSN, RN, CSSM 35 Perfect Your Patient Warming Protocols It takes a total team effort to maintain normothermia in patients from pre-op to the PACU. Kim York, BSN, MS, RN, CNOR, CSSM 42 The Horror and Heartbreak of a Retained Object Nurses with firsthand experience of retained surgical items carry deep emotional scars. Denice Morrison, RN, MSN, CNOR 48 Sell Surgeons on Safety Scalpels Emphasizing the personal and financial costs of sharps injuries will help get safer blades into your ORs. Ron Stoker, MS 53 Two Gloves Are Better Than One Double-gloving can be a hard sell, but there are plenty of reasons to make it mandatory. Jim Burger | Senior Editor 58 Prevent Slips, Trips & Falls in the OR Cords, clutter, puddles and other hazards can lead to workplace injuries. Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief 63 Sterile Processing Safety Check The unsung heroes of your facility deserve to work without worry. Ross Simon, BA, and Elena G. Canacari, RN, BSN, CNOR 67 Are Your Patients at Risk of DVT? The vascular surgeon who created the Caprini Score discusses how to protect your patients from life-threatening blood clots. Joseph A. Caprini, MD, MS, FACS, RVT 72 5 Steps to Improved C-Arm Safety Protect your surgical team from intraoperative imaging's hidden harm. Richard S. Yoon, MD 76 What Would You Do If Bullets Started to Fly? Q&A with Lenworth M. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS, trauma surgeon and proponent of preparing for active shooter events. To Our Readers When your staff are forced to choose between protecting them- selves and protecting patients, patients win out every time. That's why you have to advocate for the well-being of your facility's patient advocates. As you'll see in the Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety, safer surgical care is possible only if your dedicated team of nurses, surgical techs and instru- ment reprocessors are healthy enough to show up and do what they do best, day in and day out. Cover design by Ethan Anderson Staff & Patient Safety O c t o b e r 2 0 1 7 w w w . o u t p a t i e n t s u r g e r y . n e t 28

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