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Focused Factories - November 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A re your high-touch surfaces clean? I mean thoroughly disinfected? Even though we assume that our ORs will be sterile, surfaces are rarely cleaned, especially between cases. The likely culprits are turnover pres- sures and inadequately trained environmental services staff. Is your team making these 13 common surface cleaning mis- takes? Not leaving surfaces as wet as they should be for as long as they should be. Most disinfectants used to have 10-minute kill times — and real- ly, nobody could afford that kind of time unless they were doing ter- minal cleaning. Now, most products have 2- or 3-minute kill times. Everyone feels the pressure to turn rooms over quickly, but 2 or 3 minutes shouldn't be that big of a deal. 1 7 5 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T Are You Making These Surface-Cleaning Mistakes? z ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH High-touch items should be wiped down several times a day, and make sure adequate kill time is provided. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN Here are 13 areas your turnover team may be glossing over. Amy Hughes, BSN, CIC | Media, Pa.

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