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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2019

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5 0 • 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 nstrument tracking systems do a lot more than ensure that only properly decontaminated, assembled and sterilized instruments make it back to your ORs. They can track instruments and their loca- tions at any given time, link sets and supplies to proce- dures and patients, assign already sterile trays to the morning cases and dirty trays to the afternoon cases so surgeons are never left waiting. They can even measure staff productivity. "We can find individual trays in an instant, including those we share with our sister hospital," says Sara Houston, BSN, RN, CNOR, HN-BC, a staff nurse at Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J. Valley Health's system tracks trays at every reprocessing step and assembly phase, so staff can pinpoint where they are in the process and get an idea of when they'll be ready for the next case. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor Automated Instrument Tracking Seeks and Finds for You Take full control of every instrument, implant and disposable in your inventory. • PASSING GRADE Reprocessing tech Sophia Espinal, CRCST, rates how well surgical members prepared instruments for cleaning and sterilization. Valley Health System

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