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7 Daily huddles. We hold daily huddles for SPD staff to ensure consistency in practice and process improvement by reviewing elements such as broken equipment needing replacement and receipt of new equipment inventory. The SPD leader reviews all equip- ment with the staff that is processed through SPD and needed for the next day's schedule to ensure items are sterile and available. We note how many items we processed using immediate-use steam steriliza- tion. We also celebrate small victories, such as the number of days that have passed since SPD had a break in processing. Change takes time We implemented these changes over a 3-month period. The director and assistant director of the OR as well the new head of SPD oversaw each change. Assessing the impact of change is arguably every bit as important as identifying opportunities for making it. Our team tracked and reviewed SPD safety after our "reboot" and found a 91% reduction in safety events just 6 months after implementation. As of January 2018, that reduction had increased to 96.2%. This kind of improvement not only improves patient safety — the most important goal — but also improves employee and physician satisfaction. OR throughput is enhanced when you don't have to pause cases because instruments aren't available, or they need to be returned or replaced. Additionally, cleaning, disinfection and steriliza- tion are included under Conditions of Participation and Conditions of Coverage issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission's accreditation requirements. OSM J U L Y 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 0 7 Ms. Montello (judy.montello@lcmchealth.org) is the clinical lead of nursing operations at Children's Hospital in New Orleans.

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