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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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instructions or repair company's policy, and sent in for fixing. Safer scopes Implementing new equipment and tools to help your reprocessing techs effectively clean endoscopes is an important step toward improving patient safety. Before starting any new process, perform a risk assessment with a multi-disciplinary team, and review it routinely. It's important to define on which scopes and how frequently you'll perform enhanced reprocessing protocols. Any cleaning verification program or enhancement to leak testing should be added to your existing reprocessing steps and done in accordance to manufacturers' instructions for use. Develop a detailed plan, including staff education, for incorporating these tools and tests into your endoscope reprocessing practices. Communicate the plan clearly to the reprocessing team, and record the results of the tests and channel inspections to identify trends and gaps. Combining all of these elements will strengthen your endoscope reprocessing program and promote safe patient care. OSM O C T O 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 • 1 0 1 Ms. Sonstelie (alison.sonstelie@sanfordhealth.org) is the supply chain opera- tions manager at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D., and president of NoCoast Consulting, which provides services to sterile processing professionals.

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