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COVID-19 Crisis - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2020

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7 4 • 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 H ow long would it take you to check the number of sur- geries a tray of knee replacement instruments or laparoscopic tools were used in last week? Can you link them to specific cases or patients? There's no shortage of access to information in health care, yet some facilities lack the ability to track how often and where instrument trays were used. Our large hospital system is outfitted with instrument track- ing software, which lets us pin- point the location of individual instrument trays in seconds, capture accurate case cost information, improve the management of our instru- ment inventory and know for certain the specific cases they were used in and the individual patients they were used on. At least in theory. Drilling down to the problem We didn't realize our hospital wasn't realizing the full benefit of its instrument tracking technology until we had to trace an orthopedic drill back to the cases in which it was used. The instrument tracking soft- Do You Know Where Your Instruments Are? Tracking software provides the data needed to improve clinical efficiencies and patient care. • TARGETED USE The team at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital can link individual instrument trays to specific patients and procedures. Jon Kraft, BSN, RN, CNOR Jon Kraft, BSN, RN, CNOR | Nashville, Tenn.

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