Archive September 2017 XVIII, No. 9

Ideas That Work: Stop, That Patient's Not Yet Ready to Go to the OR

stop sign HOLD ON A stop sign at the end of the stretcher is a visual cue to the staff that the patient's not yet ready to go to the OR.

Stop, That Patient's Not Yet Ready to Go to the OR

We hang a stop sign on the IV pole at the foot of each patient stretcher as a visual reminder that a patient's not yet ready to be rolled back to the OR. There are many possible reasons why: they've yet to be dilated, we haven't started the IV, the anesthesia provider hasn't done his assessment, or the physician hasn't come to mark the eye and review the history and physical. The 4-inch-high laminated stop signs ensure that we don't take patients back to the OR before we've completed all of our checks and balances. Patient care techs hang the stop signs when they make up the stretcher.

Cindy Beauvais, RN, BSN, MBA, CAPA
Georgia Eye Institute Surgery Center
Savannah, Ga.

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