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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/162066
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Improving Quality of Counting Procedures in the OR
Author(s):
From, Ann; Flora, Chad M.
Author Details:
Ann C. From, MSN, RN, CNOR, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA; Chad M. Flora, RN, CNOR
Abstract:
Poster presented at AORN's 58th Annual Congress: Clinical Issue: Our facility runs a busy 24 hour a day, seven day a week OR. We recognized the need to assess and improve our counting procedures, due to staff nurses' request and an antiquated count policy. Description of Team: The perioperative services performance improvement nurse and clinical nurse educator decided to look at the issue and report to the perioperative leadership. Preparation and Planning: The team decided to observe current counting processes, compare what we observed to the current count policy, and consult current literature for best practices. Several meetings with the perioperative leadership were also scheduled. Assessment: We observed wide variability in counting practices among the nursing staff, lack of a sound counting policy and procedure, and a disparity between our facility's practice and the current best practice recommendations upon literature review. Implementation: Made key changes to the counting policy and educated the nursing staff using demonstration of new procedures. Monitored compliance. Outcomes: Increase in staff satisfaction, Improved infection control practice by containment of contaminated sponges, More organized surgical environment, and A reduction in the number of incorrect counts by 34% (six months pre- versus six months post-implementation) Implications for Perioperative Nursing: An aggressive, proactive approach to unintentional retained foreign objects (RFOs) is necessary to avoid unnecessary physical and emotional complications for surgical patients. Clinical leaders should routinely assess and improve their facility's counting procedures with the goal of reducing the possibility of RFOs.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2011
Conference Name:
AORN 58th Annual Congress
Conference Host:
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
Conference Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Description:
AORN 58th Annual Congress, 2011 held March 18, 2011 - March 24, 2011 in Philadelphia Convention Center
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleImproving Quality of Counting Procedures in the ORen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFrom, Annen_US
dc.contributor.authorFlora, Chad M.en_US
dc.author.detailsAnn C. From, MSN, RN, CNOR, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA; Chad M. Flora, RN, CNORen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/162066-
dc.description.abstractPoster presented at AORN's 58th Annual Congress: Clinical Issue: Our facility runs a busy 24 hour a day, seven day a week OR. We recognized the need to assess and improve our counting procedures, due to staff nurses' request and an antiquated count policy. Description of Team: The perioperative services performance improvement nurse and clinical nurse educator decided to look at the issue and report to the perioperative leadership. Preparation and Planning: The team decided to observe current counting processes, compare what we observed to the current count policy, and consult current literature for best practices. Several meetings with the perioperative leadership were also scheduled. Assessment: We observed wide variability in counting practices among the nursing staff, lack of a sound counting policy and procedure, and a disparity between our facility's practice and the current best practice recommendations upon literature review. Implementation: Made key changes to the counting policy and educated the nursing staff using demonstration of new procedures. Monitored compliance. Outcomes: Increase in staff satisfaction, Improved infection control practice by containment of contaminated sponges, More organized surgical environment, and A reduction in the number of incorrect counts by 34% (six months pre- versus six months post-implementation) Implications for Perioperative Nursing: An aggressive, proactive approach to unintentional retained foreign objects (RFOs) is necessary to avoid unnecessary physical and emotional complications for surgical patients. Clinical leaders should routinely assess and improve their facility's counting procedures with the goal of reducing the possibility of RFOs.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T08:45:07Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T08:45:07Z-
dc.conference.date2011en_US
dc.conference.nameAORN 58th Annual Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostAssociation of periOperative Registered Nursesen_US
dc.conference.locationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USAen_US
dc.descriptionAORN 58th Annual Congress, 2011 held March 18, 2011 - March 24, 2011 in Philadelphia Convention Centeren_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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