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Webinar Addresses Importance of Communication Tools

On June 25, OR Today hosted the Healthmark Industries-sponsored webinar “Communication Tools, More Important Than Ever!” eligible for one (1) continuing education (CE) hour by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing and eligible for 1 credit for IAHCSMM and CBSPD.

Kevin Anderson, clinical education coordinator for Healthmark Industries, reviewed the important role that labels, signs, symbols and tags play in protecting staff and patients from harm. At the completion of the webinar, attendees had a better understanding of how they all are interconnected with other medical professionals in providing best practices based on the proper use of signs, labels, tags and symbols.

The webinar attracted 152 attendees for the live presentation with more viewing a recording of the presentation online. Two lucky attendees won prizes during the live presentation.

Tracey Young won an OR Today Live! Surprise pack given away during the live webinar. Fidelia Roster of Halifax Health in Florida won a gift card. According to post-webinar surveys, every attendee was a winner thanks to the quality educational value of the presentation.

“With all the ever-changing regulations and requirements, it was nice to see what we are doing correctly and to know what we need to be looking out for,” Director of Surgical Services D. Bonham said.

“I appreciate the opportunity for the OR Today webinar! OR Today is being innovative with providing education in relation to today’s pandemic and it is greatly appreciated by the health care staff,” said T. Young, perioperative education.

“This webinar gave me a lot to think about and what to look for at in my facility … How is the best way to display signage and what are the visual cues that most people see in a quick glance?” shared J. Richards, RN.

“The webinar was eye-opening. I just looked at a package for pediatric defib electrodes and there were at least 20 symbols and visual instructions,” said G. Koch, BMET III.

“I enjoyed the webinar and was reminded that I need to be more aware of when autopilot kicks in and make sure I pay attention to visual cues,” Instrument Processor H. Hopkins said.

“I found the presentation interesting and informative. It would be a useful topic at a work or AORN meeting,” said J. Albertson, RN.

“The webinar was extremely helpful and relevant in the OR settings. Presenter was very knowledgeable,” Clinical Supervisor C. Dematteis said.

“The use of signs in Kevin Andersons’s presentation hit the nail on the head. Precise visual communication is key to understanding and creating a safe work environment. Otherwise everyone will have their own interpretation,” Manager MD-CSR L. Otte said.

“This webinar was a great educational tool and a nice refresher to emphasize the importance of communication. It also verifies that communication is still the root of many of our process problems within the health care field,” said F. Roster, vice president chief care continuum officer.

“This was a unique webinar, well presented, clearly stated, great slides and a timely presentation,” Nurse Manager P. Burton said.

“I learned the meaning of some symbols that I wasn’t aware of. The webinar was an eye-opener of the preventable risks without proper and understandable signage,” said S. Sirois, BMET III.

“Excellent information into how important signage is when it comes to safety. The speaker was very engaging and insightful,” said T. Fuchs, director of surgical services.

“OR Today’s webinars are consistent, always good, great speakers, always relevant to my role as a perioperative infection prevention consultant and the CEs are a real plus. I try to attend everyone or go back and replay,” said P. Segal, president.

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