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COVID-19 Crisis - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2020

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9 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 • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 Floor-Based Fluid Management Devices Keep your ORs dry with these quicker and safer picker-uppers. Thinking of Buying… Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor S urgeries can be splashy, messy affairs. Floor-based fluid man- agement mats and pads are a more effective and economical option than throwing blankets, towels or sheets down around the OR table to absorb fluid runoff. These products save on laundering costs, keep your surgical team safe from slipping hazards and help speed up room turnovers. Some even offer ergonomic benefits. There are a lot of models to consider. Here's a look at the various factors you should consider when evaluating these floor-based super soakers: • Disposable or reusable? Many mats are essentially high-tech paper towels that you must properly dispose of as medical waste at the end of the case. Others are reusable, particularly the ergonomical- ly friendly mats. • Suction or absorption? Some mats connect to direct-to-drain suc- tion systems, absorbing fluids and directing them away from the OR table. Others are like sponges, super-absorbent fluid collectors on their own. When evaluating these products, compare how powerful the suction is or how absorbent the mats are. There will be differ- ences. • Size. As you'll see in the product profiles on the following pages, floor-based solutions come in all sorts of dimensions. It's best to meas- ure the area where fluid usually spills during operations to get an idea of which size would be best for your purposes. • Profile. How flat do you want the mat to be? Could people trip over an edge? Can you roll instrument carts and other equipment over it or does it bunch up? Consider these factors when shopping the options.

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