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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 • 8 3 • Cleaning every surface. Lakeland (Fla.) Surgical & Diagnostic Center invested in and uses a UV disinfecting robot regular- ly, all over its facility. OR Director Nikki Williams, RN, CNOR, explains that after manual cleaning, each OR is subjected to 2 10-minute cycles from the robot, ensuring all surface areas are disinfec- ted. OR staffers make sure the UV light shines on hard-to-access places like the undersides of mattresses and the insides of the drawers on anesthesia machines — "every nook and cranny we can," says Ms. Williams. The robot is not just used in the ORs, however; it's used on a regular basis in patient bathrooms, the lobby, SPD and materials management. • Technology and technique. A rise in SSIs in the cardiac surgery unit at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., led to close collaboration between 2 groups that often don't speak each other's language: clinical staff and the IT department. Together, they created a comprehensive real-time reporting document — the OR Surgical Site Infection Report — to monitor compliance with SSI prevention protocols. "It was difficult to identify if deficits in care existed," says Mary Mahabee-Betts, MSN, RN, CNOR, perioperative quality and patient safety nurse manager. While reviewing the prevention strategies being employed, data collec- tion proved time consuming, because the data had to be manually HONORABLE MENTIONS Always Improving Infection Control • LIGHT THE WAY Johanna Pratts, RN, uses a UV disinfection robot in a GI suite. Lakeland Surgical and Diagnostic Center

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