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COVID-19 Crisis - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2020

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1 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 • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 T he lead aprons, skirts and vests your staff wear to protect themselves from radiation exposure are an often-ignored aspect of infection prevention protocols. Following these steps will ensure your staff understands the importance of wiping pathogens off their sur- faces after each use. • Identify the issue. To estab- lish a cleanliness baseline, wipe a microbial swab across a few garments. You can also use fluo- rescent markers to test your staff's cleaning compliance. Without their knowledge, place a marker on each garment. A month later, use a black light to see if the markers are still there. If they are, staff weren't properly cleaning the garments. We switch the locations of the invisible marks — under the right armpit area or by the base of the knee cover, for example. Our staff never knows where the mark will be, but they know we'll be monitor- ing how often they've been removed. Don't Overlook This SSI Threat Radiation protective gear needs a quick cleaning between procedures. Infection Prevention Angela M. Ellis, MSN, RN, CNOR, and Cyndi MacDonald, RN, CNOR • PERSONAL PROTECTION Place garments on a table during cleaning to ensure all surface areas are wiped down. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

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