Archive September 2017 XVIII, No. 9

Ideas That Work: Patients Mark Their Sites Before They Leave Home

mark the surgical site HOMESCHOOLED Before they leave for our facility, we ask patients to mark the surgical site at home.

EXTRA PRECAUTION Patients Mark Their Sites Before They Leave Home

Many of our patients arrive at our facility with their surgical site already marked. At the urging of our orthopedic surgeons, patients mark their operative sites with a big "YES" with a Sharpie before they leave home. It's a way to augment our strict site-marking policy. Of course, once patients arrive at our facility, physicians mark operative sites with their initials, and the initials must be visible to the OR team once the patient is prepped and draped. If they aren't visible, we break down the sterile field and the surgeon re-marks the site in an area that's not covered up by the drape.

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

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