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such as tall man lettering—FloNASE and FloVENT, or NovoLIN and Novo- LOG—to help avoid errors,” she says. “The CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and AORN [Association for periOperative Nurses] have good resources for medication management,” Brownstein says. Check for outdated medications


regularly, he advises. “Any open bottle must be dated when it’s first opened,” he says. “Sometimes we find outdated medications in emergency carts. It is easy to let that slip by because you don’t use emergency carts that often.” To avoid errors in the safe injec- tion area, make continuing education on safe injection practices manda- tory in your ASC, Pistone suggests. “Include strategies for safe injection practices in your infection control plan monitoring activities,” she says.


tions that benchmark with you might be a source. Professional organiza- tions such as the Society of Gastro- enterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) and ASCA may be good resources as well.” For surgery centers that see the


“Do ‘secret shopper’ monitoring. The CDC has a ‘one and only’ safe injec- tion campaign going on that has lots of information and resources avail- able on this topic. Other organiza-


usage of the same IV saline bag all day for reconstituting antibiotics prior to admission, “consider having a ‘medication nurse’ for the day who can reconstitute antibiotics, help anes- thesia with blocks and administering medications for short cases—such as cataract extractions—so preop nurses can admit another patient while that is being done,” Davidson suggests. “As surveyors, we need to remem- ber that we only have a snapshot of what’s going on,” Brownstein says.


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