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What's the Harm? - December 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Whole-room disinfection Germ-zapping robots are a new innovation in infection pre- vention. Eleven percent of our survey respondents say they're using ultraviolet (UV) or hydrogen peroxide whole-room disinfec- tion units. While these robots may help boost terminal cleaning or turnover efforts after cases with a serious infection, evidence on their impact on SSIs is limited. Because of that, consider these only as an add-on to your meticulous cleaning efforts, says Ms. Nucci. Single-dose vials In an effort to save time and supply costs, staff may reuse medication vials on multiple patients, spreading bloodborne pathogens. Though not foolproof, Ms. Nucci recommends pur- chasing single-dose vials whenever possible, as well as mandating annual safe injection training for all staff. As with every new addi- tion to your infection prevention efforts, the most important part is getting staff to use the products correctly. "Education is the key," says Beth Summerlin, MSN, RN, CNOR, manager of surgical service at Wellstar Windy Hill East Bobb Health Park OSC in Marietta, Ga. "All of the products are good, but if not used cor- rectly, it defeats the effort." OSM E-mail kgapinski@outpatientsurgery.net. 10 9 1 0 3 D E C 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

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