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Helping Hand - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - July 2019

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1 0 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 • J U L Y 2 0 1 9 D irty instruments, broken instruments, missing instru- ments. In an ideal world, we'd never have to worry about the sterile processing department (SPD) caus- ing problems that would inconvenience the OR or, worse, injure or infect a patient. We know, of course, that's not always the case. One instrument adverse event is one too many, but we once experi- Judith D. Montello, BSHCA, RN, CNOR | New Orleans, La. Rebooting Our Reprocessing Department A comprehensive rethink of decontamination and sterilization helped this facility cut SPD-related patient safety events by more than 90%. • TOTAL TEAM EFFORT Successful sterile processing is a joint undertaking between SDP and OR staff.

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