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8 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 T he OR staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in Philadelphia, Pa., knew they were having too many patient falls: 9 in 2014 and 12 in 2015, a disturbing rise they attrib- uted to the rise in outpatient surgeries and the challenges of caring for ambulatory patients as opposed to bedridden inpatients. "We needed to ask questions more applicable to the outpatient set- ting," says Ann Marie Morris, MSN, RN, CNOR, HUP's nurse manager of perioperative quality and safety. Ms. Morris says that although each of their patient falls happened away from the operating table, they SURGICAL ERRORS 4 Keys to Prevent Patient Falls Keep your patients from taking a tumble. Brielle Gregory Associate Editor • HOLD ON If a patient appears to be a falls risk, designate a nurse to help her get dressed and make it safely to her ride home after surgery.

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