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OR Excellence Awards - September 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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I t's important to utilize the medications and sup- plies you paid for instead of letting them go to waste. For years, we checked our emergency carts for expired supplies and medications on a monthly basis. Items would be left in the carts until they were no longer useable, at which time we dis- posed of them. We now remove supply items a month before they expire. That way, we can exchange items early on the cart, and use the soon- to-expire items before having to throw them out. We don't take those items to the supply room, though. Instead, they're taken to a designated area, so staff pull them first when preparing for a case. Medications, meanwhile, are returned to our cen- ter's pharmacy so they can be prioritized and used. We've found that isolating older items with plenty of time left to use them is a money-saving strategy. Valerie Heckmaster, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR AdventHealth Surgery Center Lenexa (Kan.) valerie.heckmaster@adventhealth.com S E P T E M B E R 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 SUPPLY MANAGEMENT Be Sure to Use Supplies Before They Expire WASTE NOT, WANT NOT At AdventHealth Surgery Center Lenexa (Kan.), items on the MH and airway carts are pulled a month before they expire to ensure they're used for clinical or educational purposes. AdventHealth Surgery Center Lenexa

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