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Snuffing Out Surgical Smoke - December 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 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 • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 9 T aping a blue line on the floor in the sterile pro- cessing department where case carts full of dirty instruments should be lined up keeps them organized and elimi- nates the clutter that can ham- per efficient instrument care. The taped lines also provide reprocessing techs with a quick and easy way to assess the vol- ume of work they're facing. Based on their experience, for example, they would know they're falling behind if more than 2 carts are waiting to be emptied. A red tape line placed where a third cart would fall in line serves as warning to staff so they can respond appropri- ately and allocate staff where they're needed to keep pace with arriving instruments. Rachel Mandel, MD Frederick, Md. rachelmandelmd@gmail.com VISUAL MANAGEMENT Keep Your Case Carts in Line • LEAN AND MEAN Taped lines on the floor in sterile processing serve as visual reminders to keep instrument carts moving. John Beakes, OPS Ideas Work That

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