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A Drug Diverter Comes Clean - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine - December 2017

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lenses. Before, some staff would pick 10 or 15 lens orders at a time, while others would pull all the orders and start wrapping them. Now we concen- trate on 1 lens order at a time: You pick the lens, sign off that you picked it and then you wrap it. That way, you're focused on 1 implant at a time and can concentrate on 1 lens order at a time. • Make the person the red zone. We pick lenses in the middle of a hallway between cases in the middle or at the end of the day. There are cases going on. The OR corridor is buzzing with conversation. We can't make the OR corridor a "red zone," but we can make the person picking lenses be a red zone by having her wear a red bouffant that signifies she's in a quiet zone and you're not to disturb her for any reason while she's picking lenses. • Red zone verification. We take nurses who are verifying lenses 24 to 48 hours before surgery out of the corridor if we can and set them up in a medication room or an empty OR so they can work in quiet. • Be engaged. When you're doing more than 5,000 cataract cases a year, it's easy to go through the motions. When the surgeon checks the stamp that says the lens picked matches the lens ordered, he signs it. But does he read it? We stress the importance of being fully engaged in what you're doing. OSM Ms. Fitzpatrick (kfitzpatrick@gardencitysurgicenter.com) is the executive director at the Garden City (N.Y.) SurgiCenter. She's also a surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. D E C E M 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 • 3 7 • SOLE FOCUS Staff now pick one lens order a time. After they pick the lens, they wrap it with a signed order sheet, as shown here. Kelly A. Fitzpatrick, RN, BSN, MBA

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