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Watch Your Step - May 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Page 14 IDEAS That Work *************************** GAP DUTY Shannon Welch, CST, (left) and Debora Shirley, purchasing and central sterile manager, put up stock and break down boxes during a break in the action at the Gainesville Surgery Center. *************************** FILL IN THE GAPS Turn Downtime Into Productive Time Turn those unavoidable gaps between surgeries into productive time by giving your staff mini-projects to complete. So-called "gap duties" need to be completed, but they don't have a hard deadline. Gap duties might include: • put up stock • break down boxes • clean bugs out of lamps • replace light bulbs • hose down scrub mats • clean OR boots • check sharp boxes • check supplies and meds for out-dates • compile charts in the business office • audit charts Andy Whitener, MSPT, MBA Gainesville (Ga.) Surgery Center andy.whitener@scasurgery.com

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