Ideas That Work: Slow Down At Yellow


Please Check on This Patient

yellow, slow down HEADS UP Alert cards identify patients who need attention before surgery.

slow down at yellow
Please Check on This Patient

Our pre-op nurses hang laminated yellow alert cards on IV poles next to the beds of patients who need paperwork completed or issues resolved before we roll them back for surgery. That way, the circulating nurse knows she has to fill in the missing documentation or address the patient's concerns. The alert cards are a simple and effective way to keep your surgical schedule on track.

Sheila Tesiny, RN
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
Valencia, Calif.
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