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No More Never Events - February 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 8 O U T P AT 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 | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 O ur nurses and techs place a small steriliza- tion container lock on instrumentation that needs to go out for repair. This communi- cates to the central sterile department to not put the item back in its tray. They instead put it in the repair bin and replace it with a properly working instru- ment. Many times after a case, the OR staff are in a hurry and forget to verbally communicate instru- mentation problems to central sterile. With this simple system, staff can tag the instrument right on the sterile field or when clean- ing up the case. That way the surgical team doesn't complain that they told cen- tral sterile an instrument was broken, but it ended up back in the OR. Cheryl Jaczewski, RN, BS, CNOR, MLSO St. Joseph Hospital Cheektowaga, N.Y. cjaczews@chsbuffalo.org STERILE INDICATOR Tag Broken Instruments IN NEED OF REPAIR Sterilization container locks let central sterile know to pull instru- ments from the rotation. Cheryl Jaczewski, RN, BS, CNOR, MLSO IDEAS That Work OSE_1402_part1_Layout 1 2/6/14 2:46 PM Page 18

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