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Keep Your Nose Clean - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - August 2018

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6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That D oes your turnover team empty the trash or remove dirty linens while patients are still in the OR? Not only is this practice distracting to the providers caring for the patient, but it's also the perfect setting for cross- contamination. I've seen nurses gathering dirty instruments in carts to take to central sterile while the anesthesia tech is setting up for the next patient in the still-dirty room. Even if sur- geons are pressuring your turnover team to work quickly, they should- n't enter the room until the patient is wheeled out of the OR. Your pol- icy should state that environmental cleaning should occur after each patient, but not until the patient has left the area — whether it be the OR, procedure room, pre-op or PACU — per the 2018 edition of AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice. Libby Chinnes, RN, BSN, CIC, FAPIC IC Solutions Mount Pleasant, S.C. libbychinnes@gmail.com TURNOVER Don't Clean Until the Patient Leaves the Room • RESIST THE URGE In the quest to start the next case as soon as possi- ble, it's tempting to start the turnover process while the patient is still in the room. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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