Archive November 2018 XIX, No. 11

Ideas That Work: Pathology

Standardize Your Specimen Management Carts

Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center
CART CONTINUITY With standardized specimen management carts in each OR, nurses have ready access to the supplies they need.

We found an unlikely remedy for mishandled, mislabeled and even lost specimens: standardized specimen carts for each OR. When nurses move from room to room, they know that the cart is stocked and has everything they need to collect a specimen. We position the carts in the same spot in each OR — near the sub-sterile door so when the surgeon breaks scrub, he can look at the specimen and sign the order.

Jessica Liston, MS, RN, CNOR
Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center
Santa Cruz, Calif.

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