Hi, I am an experienced med/surg RN who is new to the OR and am in a training program where we are to present a topic to the group. My topic is Counts/Preventing the Retention of Foreign Bodies. I'm trying to come up with something interesting besides a power point on the policy! (a lot of our training so far has been power points of safety topics.... important but kind of dry...)
I would love to give other new OR nurses tips on where to look for items missing during closing counts. Any good stories of how an item was found or where it was found would be helpful. I have also heard that a few surgeons like to hide things as a joke for new staff, just to watch them sweat during a count. Has this ever happened to you? Where did the surgeon hide things and how did you handle it?
Any other suggestions on how to prevent the retention of foreign bodies or how to present this topic in an interesting manner would be so helpful. If anyone has any little tips or tricks on how to make sure the first count is correct, goes smoothly, and how to have good communication and timing with scrubs about the count, that would be great!