Member Focus

Member Focus

Member Focus

Member Focus

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Christy Bingham

Christy Bingham

Title: Intra-procedural Director
Name of ASC: Copper Ridge Surgery Center
City: Traverse City
State: MI
How long has your facility been an ASCA member? 5 or more years

 

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What are the top three things you do to maintain patient safety in your ASC?

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  • 1. Utilize the patient identifiers in preop area before walking back to the operating room. Patient verification in preop requires a minimum of two patient identifiers to confirm identity and for patient safety. The OR circulator will ask for the patient’s name, DOB, physician, and what procedure they are having done.
  • 2. Perform a surgical time-out before and after surgery/procedure to assure patient safety and better patient outcomes. This guarantees all members of the surgical team are aware of the potential risks, and share any thoughts to the group. This develops a patient-centered environment and safety culture.
  • 3. Maintain on a regular basis operating room staff competencies. Copper Ridge Surgery Center maintains staff competencies by performing scenario-based fire and other safety related drills on a quarterly basis; providing annual in-service training on specialized equipment; and utilizing professional organizations to enhance and maintain competency through continued education or networking. It is important to stay up-to-date and current on industry standards.