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Battle Post-op Pain Without Opioids - April 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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achieve results that rival or surpass many of the auto- mated devices." "Clean" isn't always microbially clean Smaller facilities with fewer resources may not be able to afford large housekeeping staffs, but they can and should prioritize having at least 1 or 2 certified hygiene specialists who understand that a room can look and smell very clean, and may even be documented as clean, but that doesn't necessarily mean it meets the high standards that true environmental services profession- als recognize. The bottom line is that "clean" doesn't mean microbially clean. We all know that infection rates are alarming. We've seen in the liter- ature how expensive they can be — often resulting in 5- or even 6-fig- ure costs. And it's important that we continue the fight on multiple fronts — hand hygiene, smart use of antibiotics, UV rays, hydrogen peroxide and so on. But it's also crucial to remember that environ- mental services is the first line of defense, one that should always have a respected place at the table for infection control and infection prevention. OSM Dr. Rohde (rrohde@txstate.edu) is professor and chair of clinical laboratory science at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and the associate dean for research in the College of Health Professions. He is also the president of the Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science. Infection Prevention IP 1 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 Environmental services is not being recognized as the incredibly important patient safety initiative it is.

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