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ORNurseLink - A PeriOperative Community

ORNurseLink is an online community from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) that provides operating room professionals a place to connect with each other and exchange helpful resources, ideas, and practices.

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    I am trying to implement a DVT protocol for our Outpatient Pain Management practice . Our procedures last between 5 to 30 minutes.  Does anyone have an assessment tool that would be applicapable for our practice
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    We use white boards for our counts. 
    The boards have lines across them so that you can use the line to separate the item you are counting.
    We have magnetic strips that we put labels on, i.e. RT's, Lap sponges, Suture needles, Hypo needles, etc.  Whatever items are on the field, the circulator places the appropriate magnetic strip on a line on the board when...
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    We do not charge for wasted implants.  Our business office has told us that we cannot charge for anything that is wasted, including implants. 
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    hi Elizabeth
    we do use white boards and are in process of getting new ones made. here is a picture of the white boards we used at my last facility that we are using as an example to make the new ones here at my new facility. they can be custom made according to what your facility counts. hope this gives you an idea... la
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    Do any other facilities charge the patient for implants that were wasted during the case? For instance the doc puts in a bone screw, then fluro determines it is too long, so a shorter screw is used. Or, perhaps two bone screw and place on either side of the fracture and the doc uses them to approximate the fracture, fixates it with other screw/plate and discar...
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    Yes, we have been using  Surgicount for almost two years.  Surgicount is an adjunct to manual counting.  If you don't manually count, such as in trauma cases, you would not utilize Surgicount either.  That is a company recommendation and we have encoprporated it into our count policy.  The scanner reads the sponges very easily.  I don't think you touch t...