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Staff & Patient Safety - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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6 4 • 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 S terile processing techs are the unsung heroes of your facility, playing an invaluable role in patient safety by sending load after load of sterilized instruments back to the ORs. But are you doing enough to keep them safe? Between handling contaminated devices, work- ing with strong chemicals, lifting heavy instrument sets, pushing heavy carts and the repetitive motion of work tasks, sterile pro- cessing techs are vulnerable to injury by the very nature of the job. Jared Bilski | Senior Associate Editor How Safe Is Your Sterile Processing Department? Protect your reprocessing team from these 5 injury risks. • EASY ACCESS To prevent strain injuries, make sure heavy instruments and supplies are stored between the waist and thigh area, so staff members don't have to reach above their shoulders or bend low to the ground.

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