Tag: processes

What was I thinking?

What was I thinking?

Some days, it’s easy to forget why we are “here”.  Working in surgery can be quite challenging.  Being in charge can be even more challenging. Have you ever taken a mental inventory of your career choices that brought you to where you are?  I know […]

Preventing those High Noon Standoffs-making sure our policies work

Preventing those High Noon Standoffs-making sure our policies work

  We know that a facility’s policies are considered the “laws” of the center. Not completely unlike the days of the Wild West, they provide a framework for the orderly operations of the facility, instead of what can feel like a battle at sundown with […]

Banding together…Looking for better ways to identify our patients.

Banding together…Looking for better ways to identify our patients.

  I recently worked with a facility that used red allergy bands they had sharpie markered with each patient’s allergies. They get kudos for patient safety, but it was definitely not the most efficient practice. I could just see the staff going through each chart, […]

Safety Data Sheets….who is keeping up the book, what needs to be included, and what happened to the “M”??

Safety Data Sheets….who is keeping up the book, what needs to be included, and what happened to the “M”??

  We have always called it the MSDS book.  It typically lives somewhere in the facility where all can reference it, right? Did you know the “M” went away? Yup.  No more MSDS.  I guess we can call it the “SDS” book, or the Safety […]