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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2019

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3 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 • M A Y 2 0 1 9 I 've never set foot in your facility, but I bet I know what's going on in the central sterile department. Does the backup of case carts resemble your morning commute? Are reprocessing techs struggling to return perfectly cared-for instruments to ORs where sur- geons want to begin cases 5 minutes ago? Is it a constant challenge for techs to clean and sterilize increasingly complex devices? Yeah, thought so. Thankfully, there are new tech- nologies and solutions that can help your hard-working techs turn around instruments quickly and safely. • Improved washers. There's no shortage of washers designed to fit the efficiency-minded mentality of central sterile departments. The newest models promise to give you more capacity for instruments, better water efficiency and the ability to take on more instruments without adding time. • Low-temperature sterili-zation. Previously, ethylene oxide was the method used most often in the low-temperature sterilization of Speed Up Your Sterile Processing New technologies and solutions that can help your hard-working techs turn around instruments quickly and safely. • CASE IN POINT Instrument sets can cause quite a jam if your reprocessing techs aren't equipped to handle a high volume of work. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR Kevin Anderson, BSN, RN, CSSM, CRCST, CER | Wyandotte, Mich.

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