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OSE_1309_part2_Layout 1 9/6/13 12:23 PM Page 98 G A S T R O E N T E R O L O G Y Debbie Hunt, RN, BSN, administrator of the Saratoga Schenectady Endoscopy Center in Burnt Hills, N.Y. "We use the same people to reprocess and clean our scopes. They have a very good routine and are very cautious with the expensive equipment. We have very few repairs. We sometimes go the whole year with no repair," says Michelle Fairley, RN, director of surgery at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, Ill. 11. Use an automatic scope reprocessor. More than 9 out of 10 (91.7%) of the 109 endoscopy center managers we recently surveyed use AERs. Reasons most frequently cited: reduced human error and man-hours, increased turnaround and assurance that scopes are properly disinfected. "It's the only way to make perfectly sure the scopes are clean and decontaminated," says an assistant nurse manager. "Manual reprocessing is very time-consuming," says a hospital infection preventionist. "With the auto reprocessor, we're able to do 2 scopes at once while the tech is manually pre-cleaning another scope." Adds Carol Saxton, RN, surgery director of Decatur County Hospital in Leon, Iowa, "While the machine is working on the scope, we can turn the room over and deliver specimens." AERs provide peace of mind for many managers by documenting that high-level disinfection did in fact take place. "Computerized monitoring allows tracking of all cycle parameters, as well as patient information and reprocessing date and time," says Alexa Alessi, RN, BSN, CGRN, assistant nurse manager at the NYU Medical Center. OSM E-mail letters@outpatientsurg ery.net. 9 8 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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