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Is Your Turnover Team Fast Enough? - August 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 0 0 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 U G U S T 2 0 1 4 A s an accreditation surveyor and CEO of a gastroenterol- ogy practice that performs 30,000 endoscopies a year in 4 facilities, I'm keenly aware of what it takes to turn around endoscopes efficiently and effectively. But per- haps more importantly, here's my take on how to make scope reprocessing safer for the techs doing the dirty work and the patients who trust you with their care. 1. Know scopes inside and out Best practice in scope reprocessing is to ensure standardized proto- cols are followed each and every time, right? It's actually more com- plicated than that. Independent surgery centers often partner with a single scope manufacturer, which eases the burden on reprocessing technicians. The task becomes more involved in larger centers or hos- E N D O S C O P E R E P R O C E S S I N G 7 Keys to Safer Endoscope Reprocessing Frank Chapman, MBA FIRST THINGS FIRST Dirty scopes can't be properly disinfected.

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