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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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4 8 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 C hances are you've witnessed a sharps injury, or may have even been sliced or stuck yourself, and know firsthand the deep emotional and physical scars the injuries can cause. Safety scalpels are a commonsense solution to limiting the risk of cuts, but surgeons with deep-seated concerns about how the devices feel and work are often the ones who need convincing. Flipping surgeons who push back against the use of safety-engineered blades in their ORs demands a bit of soft selling, some compelling data and plenty of persistence. Here are some strategies worth trying. 1. Make it less about them 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 | Salt Lake City, Utah UNDER COVER Safety shields protect the sur- gical team members who pass scalpels to sur- geons and dispose of blades after use. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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