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OSE_1309_part1_Layout 1 9/6/13 12:31 PM Page 22 IDEAS That Work AFTER THE CASES ARE DONE Ask Your Staff to Empty Their Pockets of Valuable Supplies A fter a long day in the OR, you discover 3 packs of ophthalmology suture in your shirt pocket. You know that the eye suture is expensive, but you really don't want to get dressed and go to the OR to put them away. "I'll just put them on the bench and someone will put them away." What happens? Housekeeping cleans the locker room and throws the garbage on the bench in the trash. Add in some sterile skin glue, cautery tips, suture scissors, a clamp, skin stapler and any other item that will fit into your warm-up jacket pockets, and you've got a lot of wasted supplies. Instruct staff to empty their pockets of supplies at the end of a shift in small cardboard boxes you can place in the OR lounge, in PACU and in dressing rooms. This constant reduction of waste will add up over time. Clare Pennington, RN, BSN Healthcare Partners in Practice Kirkwood, Mo. clarep@hpg-llc.com 2 2 EMPTY YOUR POCKETS Staff can empty their pockets full of sterile and reusable products in a shoebox — rather than leaving them on the locker bench for housekeeping to throw away. O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | S E P T E M B E R 2013

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