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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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2 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 A surgical nurse has a habit of sending instruments with caked on biofilm to the sterile processing department. A well- meaning reprocessing tech reports the issue to her supervisor, who in turn calls the OR manager to discuss the problem. The nurse wonders why the tech didn't approach her directly instead of involving their bosses, and makes it a point to watch for an incomplete instrument set sent back to the OR so she can settle the score. Sound familiar? Establishing a buddy system between the OR and SPD can end this vicious cycle of perceived tattling, blame and payback, and improve instrument care by forging a culture of respect and understanding. Here's how to promote communication and teamwork among two groups that don't always see eye to eye. 1. Recruit natural leaders Approach OR and SPD staff members who act as mentors within their You've Got a Friend in SPD A buddy system improves the effectiveness of instrument care. Infection Prevention Cheryl Barratt, RN, BS, MHA, and David Jagrosse, CRCST, CHL • TEAMS WORK Better communication between the OR and central sterile fosters collaborative problem-solving. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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