The term O.R. in most hospitals stands for Operating Room and at Helena Regional Medical Center this is no different. However, the O.R. team at HRMC also says it stands for “Outstanding Results.”
This is just another example of HRMC's commitment to quality and safety as they continue on the path to becoming a highly reliable organization.
“Through our Community Cares culture adaptation, with state-of-the-art technological support and an amazing surgical team, we get “Outstanding Results,” says Sharon Martin, marketing director.
Any patient who is scheduled to have surgery poses special challenges to personnel entrusted with his or her care. Every procedure done by operating room personnel, from the pre-operative skin prep to final closure of the incision requires thorough mastery of many precision techniques and uncompromising attention to detail in order to safeguard the patient. HRMC's highly trained team must function as a unit for the patient's best interest to be served.
“I invite you”, said Martin, “to take this journey with me, learn what I learned and understand the many demands that are placed upon this O.R. staff that gets “Outstanding Results.”
“Mollie Manning, director of surgery, quickly embraced my curiosity and within minutes of our interview had my head spinning and mouth wide open,” commented Martin.
The first of a three-part series on HRMC's surgical team will start with the most important topic – safety measures. Many safety measures are used to ensure the correct patient, correct site, correct procedure and correct physician are in place.
The O.R. staff verifies the patient by asking them their name and date of birth and checking armbands. They also ask the patient what procedure they are having done and match it with the patient consent. If site marking is used then the physician must initial the site with the patient's consent. The O.R. staff uses towels and cushioned position barriers while the patient is on the O.R. table to prevent injury to other areas of the body. The arms are strapped to prevent them from falling once they are asleep. The legs have safety straps since the tables are narrow.
Surgeries of any type take no less than four professionally trained O.R. staff members. This would usually include 1 registered nurse circulator, 1 scrub tech, 1 certified registered nurse's assistant and the surgeon.
“Helena Regional Medical Center takes safety seriously,” said Martin.
Part two, according to Martin, will deal with questions about staff qualifications, preparing for surgery and hopefully inspire surgical careers as Helena Regional Medical Center continues to provide quality care right here in the Delta.