Archive May 2019 XX, No. 5

Ideas That Work: Left or Right?

Clip-on Reminders Of the Correct Side.

Memorial Hermann Surgery Center
SAFETY CHECK Signs clipped to IV poles remind the surgical team which side of the patient to operate on.

To remind the surgical team of the correct surgical site, we printed out stacks of "left" and "right" signs and laminated each one. In pre-op, we clip a sign to the patient's stretcher. When the patient is wheeled into the OR, we clip the sign to the IV pole, which is positioned on the side of the surgical table where the operation should take place. The sign provides a visual reminder of the correct surgical site as staff and surgeons go through their multiple checks before surgery begins. At the end of procedures, we wipe the signs down for reuse.

Mary Chiasson, RN
Memorial Hermann Surgery Center
The Woodlands, Texas

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