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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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noticed ribbon retrac- tors are always com- ing back clean and apparently unused. The OR tech can ask the surgeons if it's OK to have the retractor readily available, but removed from the set, which can reduce total reprocessing time. 4. Encourage networking Have OR and SPD buddies attend each other's staff meetings. Consider carving out 15 minutes of the meetings to report on issues between the areas that the buddies can address before getting back to their jobs. This face-time is particularly helpful for SPD techs, who are at their workstations all day in a corner of the facility, removed from interact- ing with members of the surgical team. SPD techs aren't just isolated from their co-workers in other depart- ments, but from their peers as well. They're so busy that facilities can't afford to send them out for continuing education, but doing so is invaluable. They should go to seminars and be plugged into local chap- Infection Prevention IP 2 2 • 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 "Buddies should talk constantly, not just to solve crises."

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