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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 • 6 1 W e've helped plan and build numerous GI centers and know from experience the amount of time and resources top-performing facilities have invested in smart procedure room designs, the latest flexible endoscope technology and reprocessing areas outfitted with patient safety in mind. 1. Prioritize reprocessing Endoscopes are difficult to proper- ly disinfect and preventing infec- tions during endoscopies and colonoscopies is paramount, so the design of the reprocessing department might be the most impor- tant place to start when planning a new space. With that in mind, best practice is to frame out 3 different rooms: one for decontamina- tion; one for scope washing and one for drying. At a minimum, there should be 2 rooms with a pass-through automated endoscope reprocessor (AER) between them. A pass-through AER costs about $120,000 — 4 times the price of a traditional unit — but it eliminates the need for a third room. The amount of space you have in the new Suraj S. Soudagar, MS, MBA, LEED AP | Naperville, Ill. Keith W. Mignault, BS, MS | Baldwinsville, N.Y. Gearing Up for GI Build your program on the essential elements found in leading endoscopy centers. • CLEAN START The reprocessing department is key to a successful new endo center, and shouldn't be given short shrift during the design phase. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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