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

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Share your great idea for saving time or money at ideas@outpatientsurgery.net. 2 1 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 and rub the sanitizer where the tape is sticking to release the adhesive. (This method has the added benefit of a microbial kill.) Some practitioners argue that you can painlessly remove the Tegaderm that covers the IV site with even less fuss. Just hold the catheter hub stable with your non-dominant hand while stretching the film out (to release the stickiness) and up (to peel it off) with your other hand. • Quicker hair picker-upper. A bit of surgical tape is often used for picking up loose hair after pre-surgical clippings, but a lint roller is easier to hold onto and more convenient to use for keep- ing patients' skin and linens contaminant-free. Or try this: Slip your fingers into one of those "PACKING LIST ENCLOSED" shipping labels (they can be inexpensively obtained at office supply stores) and peel off the backing to make an adhesive glove. • Sticky grounding pads. After you remove a cautery pad from a patient, it can serve you one more use before it goes into the bin. Use it to pick up suture, paper or other debris that's fallen onto the floor — the sticky grounding pads will pick up practically anything; you don't even have to bend over. • When it's time to scour. Don't waste time bringing out the mop and a bucket of disinfectant for small but stubborn floor stains such as dirt, scuff marks, blood or prep. Instead, just moisten an ordinary household scrub sponge (cost: less than a dollar) with your facili- ty's approved cleaning solution, drop it on the floor and work it with your foot. Easy to do and easy to dispose of.

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