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

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bioburden sit untreated for an hour or more, the bioburden is more difficult to remove. Your reprocessing techs can benefit greatly from knowing how long endoscopes have been sitting while waiting to be reprocessed. Our idea: timers similar to the white buttons on turkeys that pop up to let you know they're done. When point-of-use cleaning begins at the bedside, a staff member presses the timer button that's placed on top of the transport container. When the scope is scanned and received in the decontamination area, techs know how long the scope has been waiting for cleaning. If the time goes over an hour, certain IFUs require extended cleaning time. Read and react If you're having problems with scope handling, transport and deliv- ery, examine all of the moving parts in the process and identify defi- ciencies, inconsistencies, breakdowns, or areas of confusion or mis- information. Then develop a response plan using the information you gather. Implementing a process like ours can improve the practices at your facility. OSM Ms. Betti (diane.betti@baystatehealth.org) is director of inpatient surgery, perianesthesia and sterile processing at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. Mr. Gudejko (michael.gudejko@baystatehealth.org) is manager of ster- ile processing and central processing at Baystate Medical Center. 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 • 2 9

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