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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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5 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 H ave a nice trip. See you next fall. Taking a tumble in the OR is no laughing matter. From cables and cords to kick buckets and step stools, the surgical suite is a mine- field of potential slipping and trip- ping hazards. Surgical staff hit the deck. A lot. And more than their egos are bruised when they trip over cords or slip on fluid. In an Outpatient Surgery Magazine survey of 379 facility leaders, 60% said a staff member or a surgeon sustained an injury from slipping or falling in the OR. For 25%, it was a serious injury. Karen Hausteen, RN, CNOR, of Phoenix, Ariz., remembers the time she nearly broke her hip during a case. She was scrubbed in and standing on a step stool to assist. "The circulator had draped the grounding pad cord behind me, without saying anything. When I stepped off the stool I tripped and fell to the side and back. I barely missed hitting the sterile back table. Thank heavens I did not break my hip!" The hard fall bruised Ms. Hausteen from waist to knee. It was an expensive fall in terms of X-rays and time off work, but it could have been much worse. Prevent Slips, Trips & Falls in the OR Cords, clutter, puddles and other hazards can lead to workplace injuries. Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief WATCH YOUR STEP The floor of a surgical suite is littered with potential slipping and tripping hazards. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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