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

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8 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 6 T here's no room for cut- ting corners when you're reprocessing flexible GI endoscopes. Here's what a day in the life of your endoscopes should look like. Step 1: Pre-cleaning Starting at the point of use, your first priority in the scope turnaround process is to pre-clean the instrument as soon as possible after a case has concluded. Tableside pre-cleaning gives your reprocessing team a head start on this front. The scope's exterior surfaces should be rinsed and sponged down. Its channels should be flushed with an enzymatic detergent solution as an initial precaution against gross debris that might remain inside. And the job should be done, and done consistent- A Day in the Life Of an Endoscope • IT TAKES TIME Let your surgeons and OR staff know how long it takes to properly reprocess a scope. Your scopes are flexible. Your reprocessing standards shouldn't be. David Bernard Senior Associate Editor Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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