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Basics of Blocks - April 2014 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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8 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 | A P R I L 2 0 1 4 J ust because surgical instruments are made of stainless steel doesn't mean they'll never stain. A lack of attention to care and handling at the point of use and during the decon- tamination process can result in surface marking, discol- oration and corrosion. This damage renders instruments unfit for use in the OR. Follow these rules to make sure your surgeons can depend on their instruments. Point of use pre-cleaning Instrument damage often begins at the point of use. Blood, pus and other body fluids contain chloride ions that, with prolonged exposure, S T E R I L E P R O C E S S I N G Sharon Greene-Golden, CRCST, FCS Sharon Greene-Golden, CRCST, FCS Norfolk, Va. The keys to preventing spots, stains and pits. OSE_1404_part2_Layout 1 4/4/14 2:40 PM Page 88

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