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area, the chair where they sat must be thoroughly cleaned before another patient can occupy it. All surfaces in pre- and post-op bays, including equipment and mobile computer stations, are wiped down between patients. "Our staff has always been careful about cleaning surfaces," says Ms. Williams, "but we reemphasized the importance of being more diligent than ever." A new appreciation When surgical facilities shut down in the middle of March, no one could predict when surgeries would begin again or how they would be performed when they did. "We shut down immediately and came back to a completely different way of doing things," says Ms. Williams. "It's a whole new world." For some, returning to work under these circumstances feels a bit disjointed. "It's been strange to allow only three people in elevators, to take a wide berth around colleagues in hallways and break up gatherings at the surgical department's front desk," says Dr. Marx. "But we're mov- ing forward as best we can." For others, time spent away from the OR has made the return that much sweeter. "I can't say enough good things about how my team is handling the changes," says Ms. Curley. "Surgery is different now and it might never be the same. But we all have a greater appreciation for working together again as a team. We're not taking that for granted." OSM J U N E 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 4 3

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