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3. Robotics You know that robots are already in the OR, but they're also mak- ing a move to sterile processing. One of the coolest technologies I've seen recently is a robot that can wrap instrument trays in blue wrap after sterilization. During the demonstration I witnessed, the manufacturer had the robot wrapping one tray per minute. The robot folded the wrap, picked up the instrument tray, wrapped it, tore off a piece of tape and placed it on the wrap to secure it. Every set the robot wrapped was done with great consistency. Even this simple action would be a huge help in sterile process- ing departments, especially in facilities with large amounts of loan- er trays, such as those needed for complex orthopedic procedures. A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 1 fection, and usually get a rousing "yes." But once I get into the decontamination area, that's often not the case. Typically, this is due to a lack of equipment. For example, most orthopedic loaner trays require ultrasonic cleaning. If you don't have an ultrasonic cleaner in your department, you will not be compliant with instru- ment manufacturers' IFUs, no matter how thoroughly you think you're cleaning. Always remember that if a device isn't properly cleaned, it cannot be sterilized. You owe it to your patients to ensure that device manufacturers' IFUs are always followed. • Continued improvement. Always look for ways to innovate and constantly investigate how to take your sterile processing depart- ment into the future. Augmented reality and virtual reality have already made their way into health care. The possibilities are endless with respect to technology's application in sterile pro- cessing. It can have a tremendous impact on instrument care and, ultimately, patient safety. — Bob Marrs, BA, ST, CRCST, CIS, CHL

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