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their surfaces, making them easier to clean and sterilize. Reprocessing techs will therefore be able to return sets of properly cared-for instruments to ORs at a faster clip. Point-of-use instrument care is particularly important for instrument sets used mul- tiple times a day for high-volume procedures. It's important during the introduction of point-of- use care to help OR staff understand the "why" behind what they're being asked to do. When rolling the concept out, include point-of-use protocols in your facility's policies and enlist members of the surgical staff to deliver the message to their col- leagues. Be sure the OR staff knows that national, evidence-based standards recommend the point-of- use care of surgical instruments. Ongoing compli- ance review is equally important to ensure the pro- tocols are followed consistently. I recommend that point-of-use care be included in your facility's annu- al competency assessments. Point-of-use care isn't yet universal, but it's heading • Four soil specific enzymes attack the full range of surgical soils. • Helps prevent dried soils in lumens and channels. • Meets manufacturer IFU's for cleaning agents. • Validated at room temperature with corrosion inhibitors. Start Fighting Against M e d i c a l Developing the Solutions For You (800) 843-3343 • www.Certol.com ProEZ foam ™ Ready-to-Use Foaming Enzymatic Spray QEZ ® Bedside Kits For Immediate Precleaning of Endoscopes Biofilm at Point of Use *Patents pending in that direction. The Joint Commission updated their standards two years ago to make the practice a requirement (IC.02.02.01.02) and surveyors are check- ing for compliance. During your next survey, don't be surprised if the surveyor walks into the decontamina- tion area and opens a case cart to see if instruments have been sprayed with pre-treatment gel. I've worked in three hospitals over the last 12 years, and they followed the same track: They learned about point-of-use instrument care, then trained their employees on how to do it and now it's a mandatory policy. As your facility gets on the same trajectory, you'll have a smoother running OR schedule, will pay less for instrument repairs and keep your patients as safe as possible. OSM Mr. Czarnowski (cczarnowski@stanfordhealth- care.org) is the interventional platform educator for sterile processing at Stanford Health Care. He is also an associate professor of central service tech- nologies at Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif., and serves on the board of directors for the California Central Service Association of IAHCSMM.

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