Every January, managers from the OR, anesthesia and central sterile gather to review our hospitals' policies and procedures in order to make needed changes. Because representatives from many different disciplines attend these "policy parties," we have all the necessary resource materials and expertise available to make updates. We order lunch and work until the job is done. Those of us who attend the sessions enjoy the time and appreciate how productive we're able to work as a group. Once the policies are updated, we have individual staff members sign in-service sheets to acknowledge they were informed of the changes, which are further reinforced during daily huddles and monthly team meetings.
Rhonda Sebastian, MSN, RN, CNOR
UPMC Horizon and UPMC Jameson
Farrell/New Castle, Pa.