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Elective Surgery is Essential - August 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Y our OR staff is under enough pres- sure to achieve excellent outcomes and keep the surgi- cal schedule on track during days packed with cases from early morning to late afternoon. On top of all that, they're expected to take good care of expensive new instruments used during proce- dures that grow increasingly complex each year. Adding point- of-use instrument care to their already lengthy list of clinical tasks will be as welcome as an add-on case. The good news is that treating instruments at the bedside with a spray or gel to keep them moist until they reach central sterile can be done in minutes and actually increases overall efficiencies. It's also important to note that we're talking about instrument care, not cleaning. OR staff sometimes say it's not their job to clean instruments. Using the phrase "point-of-use care" is helpful because it takes "cleaning" out of the discussion — and it's more accurate. Let's explore how properly caring for instruments in the OR creates a partnership between surgical teams and sterile pro- cessing techs, keeps your facility running smoothly, saves money by extending the life of instru- ment sets and ultimately reduces risks of surgical site infections. A U G U S T 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 5 The Benefits of Point-of-Use Instrument Care Bedside treatments improve workflow, patient safety and the relationship between surgical teams and reprocessing techs. TRANSPORT WHEN WET Spray or gel should be applied to surgical sets before they're taken to sterile processing so bioburden doesn't harden before decontamination begins. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR Casey Czarnowski, BA, CRCST, CSPDT, CIS, CER | Palo Alto, Calif.

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