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Central sterile techs are told upon hire that they must become certified instrument specialists. "I look for people who want to make a career out of working in sterile processing," says Ms. Sebastian. "I let them know they're some of the most impor- tant members of our team, because we can't provide safe care if they don't properly steril- ize instruments." 2 4 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 0 9 Orchard, Suite 111 Lake Forest, CA 92630 www.optisurgical.com info@optisurgical.com Call AOI for Information 800.576.1266 or 949.580.1266 Instrument Rinse System ® • For rinsing lumened instruments and tubing • Eliminates hand fatigue caused by repetitive syringe use • Fully autoclavable accessories • Frees up your hands to perform other tasks, greatly improving the speed and efficiency of your reprocessing department Still rinsing with a syringe? Use the HONORABLE MENTION Keeping the Safe Patient Care Promise Every member of the surgical care team at Cone Health MedCenter Mebane (N.C.) Surgery Center embraces the ICARE (Communication, Accountability, Respect and Empowerment) standard: • Communication. The surgical team reviews the surgical safety checklist before every procedure to ensure site markings are cor- rect, paperwork is completed and on hand, fire safety has been addressed and members have had a chance to voice patient safety concerns. • Accountability. Members of the surgical team don't hesitate to give constructive feedback to their colleagues to make sure they honor their commitment to safe patient care. "We're all empowered to have crucial conversations with surgeons and all team members, which truly builds a culture of accountability," says Center Director Dana Hatchett, RN, BSN, MBA, RNFA, CNOR. "We feel comfortable having those con- versations because we know it's what best for patients." • Respect. The center's staff and physicians are committed to respecting patients' decisions and rights. They also speak to col- leagues in positive ways to support and build each other up. • Empowerment. Surgical team members are taught to own their actions. They work together to solve issues and focus on ways to ensure safe patient care is always prioritized. They're also encour- aged to take the lead on process improvement initiatives. "Most of our nurses have com- pleted a project that has bettered our facility in some way," says Tabitha Turner, RN, MSN, CNOR, CGRN, the surgery center's assis- tant director. One project helped to stream- line the care of patients who answer "yes" to a self-harm ques- tion during pre-op assessments. A nurse created an easy-to-use PATIENT SAFETY

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