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department. The latest equipment takes a certain amount of time to cycle instruments through. If you're consistently needing to get more instruments into a machine that you just loaded, you have to audit your equipment. Is one washer, ultrasonic or steril- izer enough? Investing in more devices will get you from under the constant time crunch and make your process less chaotic and more routine, which, again, is conducive to fewer infection risks. Take an honest look The OIG report cited examples of infection control deficiencies such as failing to ensure that surgical equipment is sanitized properly and not mopping the surgical suites after each patient. Don't read the report with a narrow focus with the mindset of, "Oh, we don't have any of those kinds of violations, so we're fine." Use it as an opportu- nity to look at the overall picture of your facility. Maybe there are things you can improve or enhance that weren't mentioned by the OIG that can help you not become a statistic in its next report. OSM Ms. Lind (natalie@iahcsmm.org) is the education director for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) in Chicago, Ill. J A N U A R Y 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 • CURRENT AFFAIRS Is your facility equipped with the most up-do-date instructions for use from product manufacturers, as well as the latest stan- dards and guidelines for staff to reference? Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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