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Back To Work - June 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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been particular about ensuring infection prevention practices are followed, so we were ready for the new mandates, which include ensuring all high-touch areas and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned between cases. We use disinfectant wipes to clean the surface of the stretcher chair, the blood pressure cuff and pulse oximetry monitor — any- thing that could have touched the patient. Because the patient stays on a single surface from pre-op to post-op, our nurses don't have to sanitize surgical tables in both ORs — they simply wipe the stretch- er chair once at the end of the patient's journey before it's returned to pre-op for another trip. We're perhaps a bit more diligent in our surface cleaning practices, but we've always gone above and beyond with our infection control practices. Our turnaround times have remained consistent despite the extra attention given to surface cleaning during the pandemic. Moving patients through the facility on stretcher chairs isn't the only reason for that consistency, but it certainly helps. We're encouraged that our clinic is at 75% capacity for new patient evaluations. We expect to soon be running at full capacity as we work during the post-pandemic era. When we are, our stretcher chairs will be along for the ride. 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 • 9 5 REMOTE CONTROL Patients are positioned perfectly for various stages of their care with just the push of a button. Victoria Wiltshire, MBA, RN Ms. Wiltshire (vwiltshire@sighttrust.com) is vice president and chief operat- ing officer at the SightTrust Eye Institute in Sunrise, Fla.

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