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Archive April 2020 XXI, No. 4

Ideas That Work: Focus on Bifocals

Where Are This Patient's Glasses?

Nikki Williams, RN, CNOR
NURSE VISIONARY Ginger Ouellette, RN, developed the glasses caddy to keeps patients' specs organized and safe while they're in surgery.

Our PACU staff used to ask that question a lot because we didn't have a designated place to put them. When patients handed over their glasses in pre-op, we'd affix a sticker that noted the patient's name to one of the glasses' stems, and then layed them on a counter in post-op. It looked unprofessional, the patients didn't like the sticky residue on their specs and the glasses cluttered the counter. Ginger Ouellette, RN, one of our pre-op nurses, came up with the idea for a glasses caddy. It's made of vinyl, which is easy to disinfect with a quick wipe. When patients hand over their glasses, we slide one of the stems through a slit in a small piece of paper on which we note the patient's name. The glasses are folded, and then placed in a slot in the caddy, which we affixed to a cabinet door in PACU. Our staff love the caddy, especially when patients wake up after surgery and immediately want their glasses, because the specs are neatly organized just a few steps away.

Nikki Williams, RN, CNOR
Lakeland (Fla.) Surgical & Diagnostic Center

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