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ies. Here are 7 reader-supplied tips to support your culture of safety. • Pick one. There are only 2 acceptable ways to mark the site — the surgeon's initials (unless they're NO) or the word YES. • Use waterproof ink. Use an indelible marker to mark the site to ensure that the pre-op skin prep solution doesn't wash away the mark. • Not the time for individual expression. Surgical site marking is not a time to draw cutesy symbols and squiggly lines — those marks will only confuse the surgical team when they're confirming where the cut should be made. • Adopt a "no-mark, no-surgery" policy. Don't let anybody but the surgeon mark the operative site before the induction of anesthe- sia. No sedation or procedure can begin before the surgeon arrives. • X does not mark the spot. Do not mark non-procedure sides or sites with an X, which can easily be mistaken for the surgical site. The unnecessary marking could be misinter- preted as a warning indicating the non-opera- tive site or as the place to cut. Avoid either scenario. • When the surgical site is unmarkable. For certain procedures, you can't mark the skin at a surgical site (examples: dental or A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 5 ChloraPrep™ is a trademark of Becton, Dickinson and Company. Proven to resist all preps, including ChloraPrep ™ XL Prep Resistant Ink viscotcs@viscot.com • 800.221.0658 • www.viscot.com Get a sample of the CHG compatible marker that's turning heads P

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