Remember, patients play a big role in their own safety. It is up to cen- ters to educate patients on the impor- tance of open, honest communica- tion. This includes disclosing things a patient might not want to reveal. Explain to patients why anesthesi- ologists should know about recre- ational drug use. Verbal communica- tion is key. Explain the importance, and legal requirements, of having someone drive them home after a procedure. Safety is more than hand- ing patients a brochure to review.

Don’t underestimate the value of technology when it comes to patient safety. Pre-admission solutions don’t just save nursing time, they increase patient safety. Having more time to complete their medical histories online gives patients more time to prepare. With pill bottles in front of

Remember, patients play a big role in their own safety. It is up to centers to educate patients on the importance of open, honest communication.”

— Ann Geier, RN, CASC SourceMed

them, there is no guessing; medica- tion names and dosage are accurate. These systems also allow alerts to be set up to warn staff of pending con- ditions. Issues like high body mass index (BMI) or high blood pressure can then be discussed with anesthe- siologists prior to the day of surgery, so a determination can be made in advance as to whether it is safe to

perform the procedure in a surgery center setting. This technology can also help with post-surgical assis- tance such as discharge instructions. With accurate discharge instructions in hand, post-surgical issues can be addressed quickly or even avoided. Most importantly, remember that patient safety is everyone’s job. It should be an ongoing process of evalu- ation, implementation and refinement. If there is ever an urgent situation, no matter how big or small, it is every- one’s job to act. What steps has your center taken to ensure patient safety?

Ann Geier, RN, CASC, is the chief nursing officer at SourceMed in Birmingham, Alabama. Write her at ann.geier@

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