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come every week or so and clutter our space with empty jugs, we had our water vendor hook up the filtration system to our actual tap, so staff don't have to hunt me down every time we're out of fresh water. These were things our staff wanted. It was impor- tant to involve them in the process of the redesign — and implement their ideas whenever pos- sible. When you add their suggestions, they own the changes, they're invested in making them work and they take better overall care of their SPD. Since the rebuild, I don't want to say our reprocessing team works harder, because they've always worked hard, but they seem happier and morale has gone up as a result. Blank slate Reprocessing techs contribute in a significant way to efficient and safe surgical care, and the area in which they work should reflect the importance of the tasks they perform. Investing in the tools they need to improve their performance will pay you back in the form of a more engaged staff. Take their suggestions for design improvements seri- ously, and capitalize on your chance to design the department exactly the way they want it. No detail is too small to examine. OSM F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 1 • COMFORT MEASURE Organized and adjustable-height workstations with ample lighting and visualization aids are a must in your newly designed SPD. Mr. DeLuca (william.deluca@mountsinai.org) is the associate director of the sterile processing department at Mount Sinai West in New York, N.Y.

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