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Special Edition: Infection Control - May 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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through sterile process- ing and to storage. He also demanded that all sets of reprocessed instrument sets were returned to ORs in perfect condition, meaning all items were present and properly sterilized. He expected perfection, but surely would have settled for a 90%-plus success rate, right? "No," he says. "I meant every single set. If you measure time and quality, and improve upon both of those elements, costs will decrease." The best consultants ultimately end up feeling like valuable mem- bers of your staff. "They were with us forever," laughs Ms. Riley. "The full team was here for several months before they slowly dwindled in numbers as we learned how to implement the process improvements they suggested. We had direct and indirect contact with them for at least a year. They took ownership in our success, which was nice. They truly wanted to make a difference." OSM 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 1 If you buy into the process, it can make a big difference. — Susan Riley, RN

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