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

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T he best way to extend the lives of delicate and expen- sive surgical instru- ments is to keep them from wearing out or getting dam- aged in the first place. Everything wears out eventual- ly, but at our hospi- tal we've developed a system that puts an absolute premium on keeping instruments in the best possible condition for the longest possible time. That's important, because at UPMC Presbyterian, our flagship hospital here at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, we handle more than 2,000 cases a month, which means we're processing just south of 4 million instru- ments a year. It's a huge investment and we can't afford to cut cor- ners or treat instruments with anything less than the care they deserve. 1 0 4 O U T P A T 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 5 Take Better Care of Your Surgical Instruments Tips for extending the lives of your delicate and expensive tools. Mark Lunz | Pittsburgh, Pa. z KIND OF A DRAG? Use a piece of latex to determine whether a tool is dragging and needs to be sent out for repairs. Mark Lunz

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