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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 • 3 INFECTION CONTROL S P E C I A L E D I T I O N To Our Readers This year's Manager's Guide to Infection Control reinforces the importance of trusting proven processes and relying on standard practices to keep your facility and patients safe from pathogens, biofilm and pandemic-causing viruses. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on every aspect of the healthcare system, everybody is looking to infection preventionists for answers. The success stories and expert advice in these pages show that improving on what has always worked to reduce infection risks will help you continue to perform safe and efficient surgeries for the patients who rely on you. Cover design by Ethan Anderson o u t p a t i e n t s u r g e r y . n e t 27 4 Infection Prevention's Big Moment Amid the COVID-19 crisis, a back-to-basics mantra emerges. Jared Bilski | Managing Editor 12 Prewarming Works Wonders Early interventions to maintain normothermia reduce infection risks and increase patient satisfaction. Marci D. Trump, MSN, RN, CNOR; Adrianna Medina, RN, CNOR; and Denise Rainier, MBA, BSN, RN 17 Are Your Instruments Really Clean? Ensure tools have been properly reprocessed before they're used on another patient. Christian Schappel | Contributing Editor 27 Need Help Improving Instrument Care? Expert consultants offer fresh ideas and new approaches to make change happen in the sterile processing department. Daniel Cook | Editor-in-Chief 32 Standardize Your Skin Prepping Practices Reducing variation and rooting out technique flaws are the keys to preventing SSIs. Jared Bilski | Managing Editor 37 Scope Reprocessing Starts at the Bedside Follow the essentials of endoscope disinfecting, drying and storage. Randall Rentschler, RN 44 Ready for the New Normal in Surface Disinfection? Revisit your protocols before a return to the pace of pre-pandemic surgery. John Berry | Editorial Assistant 52 Making Sense of the COVID-19 Crisis Q&A with Timothy P. Lahey, MD, MMSC, infectious disease doctor and medical ethicist. M a y 2 0 2 0 Contents

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