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

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light ceiling fixtures that replace traditional fluorescent lights in the OR. These lights continuously perform a small amount of disinfec- tion during the day in a passive manner. If you're building a new OR, or renovating an existing one, it makes sense to install these kinds of lights. I'm also impressed by another new technology: a big, thin disk, almost like a wafer, that you place in your air handling system. As air passes through the disk, it turns into dry hydrogen peroxide — not vaporized, so it's nontoxic to people. The disk treats air con- stantly, killing C. diff spores and other airborne contaminants. Another neat technology that's getting traction, particularly in the orthopedic community, is a device that looks like a big ice machine. You wheel it into the OR, place it close to the sterile field, where it decontaminates air by sucking it in and treating it with a HEPA filter and a UV light. Add these platforms to other technologies such as mobile hori- zontal laminar airflow systems and movable ultraviolet light rapid disinfectors, and the options for OR air cleaning are rapidly expanding. Future payoff If you're not experiencing many SSIs, you may think these protocols and technologies are overkill. But as the patient population ages, and complex procedures become more common in outpatient ORs, the incidences and costs of SSIs will likely rise. Even a single SSI is costly for a facility. If you can spend a little money up front on air-cleaning technologies to save a lot down the road, why wouldn't you? OSM 8 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 Ms. Spencer (maureenspencer@gmail.com) is an infection preventionist consult- ant based in Boston, Mass.

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