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The Art of the IV Start - December 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 2 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AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 IDEAS That Work SMART STORAGE Check for Outdated Supplies Quickly and Easily I 've been a surgical administrator for close to 20 years and have never seen a process for eliminat- ing outdated supplies from stock that does- n't involve staff spend- ing hours on end look- ing at individual items. If you've run into the same issue at your facility, try this simple and effective process: • Assign each month of the year a colored dot. • As you open supplies or medications that arrive at the center, check the outdate. Place the colored dot of the arrival month on each item and note the year the item expires on the sticker. • At the end of each month, staff check for the next month's outdate color. For example, let's say October's color is pink. During the last week of September, staff will check storage areas for pink dots. When they find one, they check the year written on the dot and remove cur- rent-year items. • If items with intact packaging don't expire, note that on a label stuck to the storage bin. Staff spends more time on the front end opening boxes of supplies and applying the stickers. However, they save time on the back end each month checking storage areas only for specific colored dots. Alisa Fischer-Hurst, RN, MHSA, CASC Orange Park (Fla.) Surgery Center MONTH BY MONTH Color-coded dot stickers are a quick and easy way to identify expired supplies. Alisa Fischer-Hurst, RN, MHSA, CASC alisa.fischer@hcahealthcare.com

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