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A Deep Dive Into Surface Disinfection - October 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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O C T O 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 • 7 7 SURGICAL ERRORS 7 Tips to Prevent Medication Errors W hy do medication mistakes continue to occur? "Because too many surgical leaders have focused on weak interventions," says Joyce Wahr, MD, FAHA, vice chair of quality and safety in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "You can change policies and procedures, and tell providers to try harder, but those are incredibly ineffective ways to address the underlying issues." Instead, says Dr. Wahr, focus on implementing fail-safe systems that stop mistakes as they're hap- pening, before they reach the patient. Ensure the right dose of the right medication reaches the right patient. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR • FLYING SOLO The OR is one of the few patient care areas where a single person is often in charge of obtain- ing, preparing and adminis- tering medications.

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