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

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4 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 • M A Y 2 0 2 0 T he short- and long- term impact of COVID-19 will surely include a radical change in how surface disinfection is practiced and enforced. "All of my surgical facilities are asking the same thing: 'When are we going to get back to normal?'" says Donna Nucci, RN, MS, CIC, infection preventionist at Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital and owner of her own consulting business. She tells them the same thing: Surgery will eventually return to a new normal, one with an increased focus on how well and how often you clean high-touch areas in operating rooms and common areas. Case volumes will eventually ramp up and when they do some experts predict a boom in elective surgeries. That means it might be best to use this temporary lull in the action to revisit surface cleaning protocols and plan for improvement in a post-COVID-19 world. "The science is most likely not going to change, but implementation Ready for the New Normal in Surface Disinfection? Revisit your protocols before a return to the pace of pre-pandemic surgery. • RAPID RESPONSE Turnover teams need to find a balance between moving quickly and making sure all surface areas are properly cleaned. John Berry | Editorial Assistant

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