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Archive March 2018 XIX, No. 3

Ideas That Work: HIPAA

Keep the Schedule Confidential


Many people need access to the surgical schedule, but you also have to safeguard patient privacy. Here's an easy way to do that. Buy a vinyl art portfolio folder at any craft store. Cut one side so that it folds over and conceals the patient name for confidentiality in case a visitor approaches the nurses station. When the folder is opened, the caregiver can see by a checkmark that the patient has been admitted in to pre-op. We assign the patient a number once we place him in a bed. The anesthesiologist checkmarks again when the pre-anesthesia assessment has been completed and we highlight the case once we've taken the patient to the OR. When the folder is closed, you can still easily see whom the anesthesiologist has seen and who has gone to the OR. Plus, the folder looks neat and organized.

Lyzette Galloway, RN, CASC
Owensboro (Ken.) Surgery Center


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