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Healing is Coming - February 2021 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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mally used once or twice a day will be used more than that, make sure to schedule other types of cases in between so there is time to effectively reprocess them. • Training and role assignments. If you do decide to add scopes, make sure your staff is trained on how to handle and reprocess new or unfamiliar mod- els. For example, make sure you have the properly sized brushes on hand to perform proper manu- al cleaning. Even if you buy a new scope that is the same model as the ones you currently have, the IFUs for the newer model could be different, and might require additional cleaning equip- ment or steps. You should desig- nate a staff member to keep up with any new developments that the reprocessing staff needs to know about, whether it's updated IFUs, new professional society guidelines and or general indus- try publications. Ready for what's next No one can predict what the next year will bring and how COVID- 19 will impact colonoscopy screening volumes. The virus could be contained, and we'll face packed schedules as we deal with scheduling new cases and continuing to work through the backlog of postponed procedures due to the pandemic's first wave. Whatever happens, you shouldn't respond by ramping up too fast or committing to too high of a case volume. Keep doing what you've always done: relying on sound practices to make sure your patients are treated effec- tively and safely. As long as you don't stray from that focus, you'll be able to handle an influx of patients, even as the pandemic surges on. OSM F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 5 9 Mr. Czarnowski (cczarnowski@standfordhealth.edu) is the interventional platform educator for sterile processing at Stanford (Calif.) Health Care. He is also an associate professor of central service technologies at Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif., and serves on the board of directors for the California Central Service Association (IAHCSMM).

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