The excitement was palpable as the day of the Skills Fair arrived, and the Operation: No Harm Index game took center stage, continuing the tradition of engaging hospital staff in critical topics of patient safety and the No Harm Index. Led by Kathleen Sheehan-Tartre, BSN, RN, Nursing Director of Nursing Education & Staff Development, Kate Campbell, BSN, RN, CPAN, Staff Development Specialist and Hannah Taylor, MSN, RNC-MNN, Staff Development Specialist the team developed a creative, life-size version of Operation, infusing it with real-life scenarios and vital safety concepts.

Instead of the conventional buzzer, a call bell became the focal point. Players took turns operating on Cavity Sam, answering questions related to patient safety drawn from the No Harm Index pile. Success meant delicately removing a body part piece without triggering the buzzer. Beyond entertainment, the game served as a test of knowledge and skill, and if help was needed, players could use a Specialist Card to call upon their assistance with challenging operations.

Local companies, including Maine Custom Metalworks and Signarama, contributed their expertise and resources.

Mingling with the sound of buzzing buzzers and cheering teammates, each successful operation brought players closer to victory, reinforcing the importance of patient safety and teamwork. Ultimately, Operation: No Harm Index was more than just a game; it was a testament to collaboration, innovation, and dedication in promoting patient safety. As the echoes of laughter faded, one thing remained clear: together, we can make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

staff playing an over-sized version of the board game "operation"

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