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Can You Pass This Patient Safety Quiz?
Test your staff’s knowledge on pressure injuries, MH prep, site marking and other ways to keep those you treat safe.
Adam Taylor
Publish Date: June 7, 2021   |  Tags:   Patient Safety
DO NO HARM Surgical providers must always remain focused on the most important aspect of patient care.

Keeping your patients safe is obviously a core value at your facility, yet compliance with best practices designed to avert serious complications and injuries is sometimes alarmingly low. Use this quiz as a starting point to gauge how well your staff is ready to spare your patients from unnecessary harm.

1. How long must you remain vigilant in monitoring for signs of malignant hyperthermia after surgical procedures end?

  • a. 30 minutes
  • b. one hour
  • c. two hours
  • d. three hours
  • Reveal

2. The surgeon marked the surgical site in the OR, asked the patient to confirm the location just as anesthesia was beginning and the instrument tech rolled the instruments to the side of the table before the timeout began. How many things were done wrong?

  • a. none
  • b. one
  • c. two
  • d. three
  • Reveal

3. The contents of an instrument tray have been sufficiently sterilized if the blue wrap is free of punctures and the external indicator tape and indicator tag have changed color.

  • a. true
  • b. false
  • Reveal

4. During which task do most sharps injuries take place?

  • a. suturing in the operating room
  • b. starting IV lines in pre-op
  • c. injections administered in the PACU
  • d. cleaning instruments in sterile processing
  • Reveal

Safety Quiz

TRUST BUT VERIFY Staff must check sterilization indicators to ensure instruments are sterile, even if blue wrap is free from punctures.   |   UPMC Jameson

5. The risk of pressure injuries increases by _______every 30 minutes of surgery.

  • a. 10%
  • b. 40%
  • c. 60%
  • d. 100%
  • Reveal

6. How often do healthcare providers who divert painkillers leave some of the narcotic behind to cover their tracks, help the patient on some level and ease their conscience?

  • a. always
  • b. occasionally
  • c. never
  • Reveal

7. The anesthesia providers who prepare syringes for procedures at your facility designate the drug class of the medication in the syringe with colored-coded labels. Is that step sufficient to avoid an error?

  • a. yes
  • b. no
  • Reveal

8. The use of enzymatic detergents during decontamination of ophthalmic instruments can elevate the risk for TASS and is not shown to reduce the risk of endophthalmitis.

  • a. true
  • b. false
  • Reveal