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Hugh Cornelson, RN THINKING OF BUYING … 9 4 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 | J U LY 2 0 1 4 A Fluid Waste Management System Which automated collection and disposal unit is right for you? A surgical facility that sees even a moderate volume of shoul- der arthro- scopies, anterior cruciate ligament repairs and other joint-related pro- cedures likely goes through a lot of irrigation fluid. It's also a sure bet that the handling and disposal of the resulting fluid runoff is a routine part of room turnover. The method you choose for fluid waste management is often driven by your budget, but keep in mind that your staff's safety and efficiency is directly affected by this choice. • Safety. It doesn't take too much thinking to figure out why the tra- ditional method of collecting fluid waste by putting down towels on the OR floor isn't the safest option. There's still the risk of slips and falls, first of all, then the exposure hazard for whoever's charged with picking them up. In addition, transporting a bag heavy with sodden linens is an ergonomic injury waiting to happen. If employee safety is a priority (and it should be the top one), the benefits of a fluid collec- tion and disposal system that minimizes contact should be clear. • Efficiency. A fluid management system should keep your surgical employees safe, but can it also improve turnover time? One key to find- NEPTUNE ® 2 IS BACKed by science For your protection and peace of mind. Our SealShut TM Technology keeps the Neptune 2 constantly closed, protecting you from suctioned biohazardous fluids during cases, manifold change, docking and transport. It's just part of the science behind the safety, proof positive that our commitment to surgical safety has never been stronger. For more information, contact your Surgical sales representative or visit www.stryker.com/surgical. › 2,900 hours of hands-on research › 1,000+ customer surveys › 325 healthcare practitioner consults 9100-002-440 Rev A THERE'S A BETTER WAY Facilities that traffic in fluid-intensive cases can benefit from automated fluid management solutions. OSE_1408_part3_Layout 1 7/3/14 8:45 AM Page 94

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