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made a concerted effort to invest in the sterile process- ing department, a space of critical importance in an instrument-heavy specialty such as orthopedics. They wired the facility at 480 watts in part to accommodate a pair of automated instru- ment washers — replicate every piece of equipment, suggests Mr. Cera, because if one goes down, another is online, ready to go — with 25-minute cycle times, an important factor to maintain an efficient schedule during a day involving instrument-heavy procedures. The washers feature the latest cleaning technology with capaci- ties 2 times larger than the models in the group's previous facility. Each joint replacement sends 7 to 9 instrument trays to central ster- ile for reprocessing. The large-capacity washers help the reprocess- ing techs keep up with the heavy workload. "In an 8-hour day, the washers help us gain 3.25 hours of added efficiency," says Mr. Cera. • Help patients recover. Entrance and bathroom doors in private patient recovery rooms at Good Samaritan's surgery center are 2.5 times wider than standard doorways, which are often difficult for recovering patients to navigate on walkers. Each room is also equipped with digital monitoring equipment, which sends vital signs data to the facility's electronic medical record for near real-time auditing by the clinical team. A communal dining area is where all 3 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • EXTRA SPACE Good Samaritan Hospital's sleek new surgery center was built to accommodate the 400 total joint procedures the facility performs each year. WMCHealth

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