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

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1 9 D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | 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 them in a bucket that's returned to sterile processing. Disinfect equip- ment not needed for the next case and remove it from the OR. Remove closed waste disposal system (if at capacity) and dock it for cleaning; otherwise, disinfect its surface with wipes. Environmental services staff assist Zone 3 by removing the trash and linen, and mopping the OR floor. • Zone 4. Change out the anesthesia circuit and suction tubing, and collect the trash generated during the case. Disinfect the following with wipes: the anesthesia machine, the automated medication stor- age unit, the blood pressure cuff, the pulse oximeter and the EKG leads. Before implementing this NASCAR-inspired approach, turning rooms over required 6 to 8 staff members. That led to confusion about which tasks were performed and which weren't. While some tasks were repeated, others were passed over entirely. Today, our turnovers require a maximum of 4 staff members and our average turnover time has decreased by about 7 minutes. Angela Sidney, RN, BSN, MBA, CNOR Enloe Medical Center Chico, Calif. angela.sidney@enloe.org

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