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Tell Your Patients to Drink Up - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - March 2019

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1 8 • 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 E ver take a close look at your trash? When we did, we found we were needlessly throwing away sponges and supplies. • Sponges. Only sponges that are grossly saturated in blood need to go in the red bag for biohazardous trash, but staff were put- ting nearly all sponges in the red bags. We created a visual aid (above) to remind staff of proper disposal practices. It costs 6¢ per pound to dispose of regular trash compared to 22¢ per pound for red bags, so simply following our policy has reduced our waste disposal fees. • Procedure packs. We audited the instruments and supplies on our back table and found items that were often untouched or unnecessarily opened during surgery. We've narrowed our focus to determine what we need on our back table and customized our procedure packs based on our findings. Those changes have helped us keep our costs for supply waste flat, even as our case volumes increase. Ross W. Simon, BA, and Kelly Gamboa, MSN, RN, CNOR Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, Mass. rwsimon@bidmc.harvard.edu kgamboa@bidmc.harvard.edu • SEEING RED The visual aid reminds staff of the difference between regular trash and red bag trash when it comes to disposing of sponges. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center WASTE MANAGEMENT Why Are We Throwing That Away?

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