Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Surgical Construction - March 2019

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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5 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9 B rand-new ORs feel clean, don't they? The floor squeaks, the walls shine and those expensive LED lights hanging over the soon-to-be sterile field don't pick up a speck of dust. It's a picture-perfect scene worthy of appearing in mar- keting brochures and surgical magazines. Enjoy it while it lasts. Bacteria is waiting to grow on the room's shiny new surfaces and air- borne contaminants are hanging around to settle onto instruments, incisions and implants. It's important to consider the following factors as you're designing an OR to keep the bugs at bay because the plans you put on paper will face the ultimate test as soon as the first patient arrives. Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor • ELBOW GREASE Even the hardest working staff members might not cover every inch of the OR during room turnovers. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR Make Your ORs Infection Proof There are plenty of ways to build bacteria-free zones when you're working with a clean slate.

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