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OR Excellence 2019 Awards - September 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 7 9 INFECTION PREVENTION Sponsored by L ast fall, Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa, Okla., made a big push to improve point-of-use instrument cleaning by post- ing a new regimen for staff to follow in every OR. "We're keeping our instruments soaking and wiped down dur- ing cases," says Tamra Luna, MSN, RN, CNOR, the OR manager of surgery services at Saint Francis. "As soon as the case is done and the patient's out of the room, we make sure we get all the 'chunks and hunks' off the instruments." Doing away with the "chunks and hunks" — along with the significant strides the staff has made over the past year toward eliminating SSIs — has earned Saint Francis the OR Excellence Award for Infection Prevention. Stepping Up to Prevent SSIs Staff at Saint Francis Health System has worked hard to significantly lower infection risks — and they're not done yet. Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor • ON THE SPOT A surgical staffer pre-cleans and moistens instru- ments to prevent the build-up of bioburden. Saint Francis Health System

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