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Answering the Call - May 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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M A Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 7 I f a survey uncovers an issue that will take a lot of effort (time and money) to solve, always ask the surveyor if there's an easier way to make the fix and still be in compliance. During a survey at my previous facility, a surveyor alerted us that a janitor closet needed negative pres- sure because it was a non-sterile space. Ours had positive pressure, which meant the contamination was being pushed out into the OR hallway. That would've meant replacing the HVAC system. Before we dumped that kind of money into a solution, we asked the surveyor if there anything else we could do. "As a matter of fact, there is," he told us. If the closet was a sterile storage space, the positive pressure wouldn't be an issue, he said. So, before he left for the day, we removed the janitorial supplies, terminal cleaned the closet and replaced everything in the space with sterile supplies such as drapes and gauze. Because we made the fix while he was on site, the incident was wiped from the report on the spot. Lesson learned. You should always ask for alternatives to giant fixes before you opt to go the overhaul route. Alfonso del Granado, BHCM, CASC Covenant High Plains Surgery Center Lubbock, Texas adelgrando@highplainssurgery.com ALTERNATIVE OPTION Always Ask Surveyors for an Easier Fix • SIMPLE FIX An OR staff member replaces a janitor closet's non-sterile supplies with sterile ones to avoid getting dinged for issues with the room's pressure. Alfonso del Granado, BHCM, CASC

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