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The Future of Knee Repair - February 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 Yes, operating rooms generate a lot of waste, but sometimes that refuse can serve a use- ful second purpose before it reaches the landfill. Follow these 4 reader-submitted tips to stretch your supply budgets and to make post-op waste work for you. — Compiled by David Bernard • Blue wrap goes green. If your OR team rejects a tray while set- ting up a room because the pack- aging was torn, or sends back a loaner tray that wasn't used and wasn't exposed to patients, save the clean, uncontaminated blue wrap it came in to line your stor- age room shelves. This can help to prevent tears in other blue- wrapped trays, saving you the trouble and expense of rewrapping them. If you've already lined all your shelves, blue wrap can also be repurposed for packing and shipping, or donat- ed to local animal shelters for cage liners. • Protect the pedals. Once you've set out all the contents of a procedure pack, save the plastic bag it came in to cover your equipment's foot pedals during arthroscopies and other fluid-intensive procedures. That keeps them dry, which makes cleanup easier, and protects your OR acces- sories, saving you the cost of repairs. Repurposed Supplies Get a Second Life Innovative Ideas Ideas Work That

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