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dors: Does the repair rate include complete refurbishing? How do you price instrument repairs that are not on the price list? What is the vendor's availability for repairs? Stop engraving your instruments. One of the potential root causes of instrument damage might surprise you: instrument engraving, which could lead to the formation of biofilm in the result- ing troughs. With high-resolution close-ups and prevention highlights, the book also brings you face to face with damaged pin cutters, flak- ing orthopedic mallets and bent insufflation needles. Inspect instruments with a sharp eye. A key to improving patient safety as well as physician satisfaction? Identify issues with instruments at the point of inspection, rather than at the point of use. Better for a reprocessing tech to identify a dull scalpel blade than a surgeon. Make this happen, says Mr. Schultz, by building a proactive instrument quality management program. Size matters (down to the millimeter). What is the difference in the bite size of a Kerrison rongeur and its bite opening? Your reprocessors had better know instrument measurement specifica- tions, not only for identification purposes but for patient safety as well. Clinical outcomes can come down to mere millimeters. It was incredibly useful to read Mr. Schultz's explanation of the various tools available for validating instrument length, degrees of angle and the important differences in these measurements across instrument spe- cialties. 3 4 2 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 1

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