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into the wall system to avoid taking up floor space and collecting dirt. "Place storage close to whoever needs to access it — where the circulating nurse is, within the anesthesia work area," she says. Remember, though, that OR storage creates more horizontal surfaces, which infection preventionists consider a dan- ger point. Then there's the equipment itself, including the lights and monitors. If they're positioned on the floor, you create more places for dust to collect, and wires to trip over. Mounting equipment on booms frees up floor space, but also creates places for contaminants to collect that the surgeon could kick up when, for example, he manually adjusts the surgical light. Booms also can affect laminar flow. "You're blowing the air into the OR lights, and the air gets turbulent and goes through the surgical site," says Mr. Brito. Avera McKennan installed a system that combines the surgical lights with laminar flow. The lights can only be manipulated using voice commands and hand gestures. The LED white light also provides continual disinfection, but isn't harmful to people like UV light is. "We run it all day on a lower level, and when the rooms are cleaned and emptied for the night, they go into a high-disinfection 5 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 • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 viscotcs@viscot.com 800.221.0658 www.viscot.com ChloraPrep™ is a trademark of Becton, Dickinson and Company. XL Prep Resistant Ink ...including ChloraPrep ™ Contact for trial offer viscotcs@viscot.com 800.221.0658 www viscot com www.viscot.com ChloraPrep™ is a trademark of Becton, Dickinson and Company. Contact for trial offer Visible after all preps

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