Archive July 2014 XV, No. 7

Ideas That Work: Ready to Go

Pre-Positioning Patients Saves Time

use a yardstick to position patients TIME-SAVER Position patients and adjust the height of their stretchers before they go in for cataract surgery.

Pre-Positioning Patients Saves Time

In the assembly-line nature of cataract surgery, every minute matters. Our RNs use a yardstick to make sure cataract surgery patients' stretchers are just the right height — usually between 32 and 36 inches, depending on the surgeon — before we wheel them into the OR. So instead of spending 3 or 4 minutes getting the patient into the right position, our OR staff can get right to work. We do as many as 30 cataract procedures a day, so the time we save really adds up.

Kathy Lutz, RN
Hazleton (Pa.) Ambulatory Surgical Center

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