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Patient Safety in the Surgical Environment

Jun 9,2016

In 2003, a universal protocol for maintaining patient safety was established by the Joint Commission. The protocol is broken down into 3 stages;

1. Preprocedure Verification Process, 

2. Marking the Operative Site, 

3. Performing a "Time Out" Before Procedure

As per the protocol, each of these components must be completed prior to beginning any surgical procedure.  Not only are these steps important to catch mistakes pertaining to the wrong person, wrong site, wrong procedure, but they also encourage enhanced communication among healthcare professionals in the OR environment.  

WHO (World Health Organization) suggests that it is wrong to place total reliance on the surgeon to identify the surgical site or to assume that the surgeon should never be questioned.  Involving the entire surgical team in the patient and site verification process, along with encouraging team members to speak of potential errors, can significantly reduce the risk of error. (click here for entire article)

RMAC Surgical's Dry Erase Hospital Communication Boards were introduced with the sole purpose of enhancing patient safety, improving communication among healthcare professionals, and reducing medical error.  We have an array of pre-designed templates of Safety Checklists, Time-Out Procedures, Patient Bedside Information Boards, Fire Safety Protocols, Count Boards etc...

We also design dry erase boards to fit the needs of individual facilities.  Let us know what you're looking for and we will create your own, one of a kind design!