Peri-Operative Nurses are to ensure safety of patients – Group


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By Ebenezer Sowah, GNA

Ho, Oct. 18, GNA – Mrs. Caroline Antwi- Asare,
National Chairperson, Peri-Opeartive Nurses Group- Ghana (PONGG), has said the
responsibility of peri-operative nurses was to ensure safety of patients and
not only the handling of surgical instruments.

She therefore asked health managers and
administrators to appreciate that role and desist from limiting them to the
handling

By Ebenezer Sowah, GNA

Ho, Oct. 18, GNA – Mrs. Caroline Antwi- Asare,
National Chairperson, Peri-Opeartive Nurses Group- Ghana (PONGG), has said the
responsibility of peri-operative nurses was to ensure safety of patients and
not only the handling of surgical instruments.

She therefore asked health managers and
administrators to appreciate that role and desist from limiting them to the
handling of surgical instruments.

Mrs. Antwi-Asare who was speaking at the PONGG
National Workshop and 8thAnnual Science Conference in Ho on the theme “Peri-
operative nurses: “Dedicated to Ensuring Safety in the Surgical
Environment”, said most operating rooms in the country were being managed by
persons other than peri-operative nurses, posing danger to patients safety.

She said peri-opeartive nurses were the
“patients advocate”, tasked to ensure the safest environment for surgery and
surgical care of clients.

Mrs. Marian Sophia Quaye, First Vice
Chairperson, PONGG, said the peri-operative area was the first transition in
care for a surgical patient and should be considered a critical aspect in
health care.

She said peri-operative nurses were committed
to the mission of understanding patient vulnerabilities and managing patients’
expectation and also ensuring that surgical environment was safe both for the
patient and nurses.

In a speech read on his behalf, Dr. Archibald
Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, said government was aware of challenges
confronting the health sector especially the peri- operative nurses and
appreciated the effort of health officers under such difficult conditions.

He acknowledged that more needed to be done to
close the gap of one peri-operative nurse to more than two clients.

A total of 20 new members of PONGG were
inducted into the group.

GNA


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