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Snuffing Out Surgical Smoke - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - December 2019

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9 8 • 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 A large hospital had so many case carts full of trays backed up during the day they struggled to turn around instrument sets in less than 24 hours. Within 6 months, they cut their sterile processing turnaround time by 40%, reduced errors in half, dramatically increased nurse and surgeon satis- faction with the sterile processing department (SPD), and saved the hospital nearly $600,000. These 5 small and modest changes made big impacts. 1. Get to the root of the problem. When a respected sur- geon complained about SPD delays, the staff kept the surgeon's instru- ment sets in a special location and paid special attention to them. Problem solved, right? Wrong. These kinds of workarounds didn't address the core problem. Perform a root cause analysis. Only a smooth and efficient ster- ile processing workflow will ensure that every surgeon in every OR has instrument sets delivered on time and in pristine condition. 2. Match schedules to work crunches. This hospital had more techs than they needed at 7:30 a.m. They were mostly idle until about 5 Tips for More Efficient Sterile Processing How one hospital turned its SPD into a shining example of excellence. Rachel Mandel, MD, MHA | Frederick, Md. • ONE-PIECE FLOW Getting unsterile instruments to your SPD as soon as possible is more efficient than waiting until the OR has a cart full of trays that need processing.

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