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

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 1 5 Y our environ- mental servic- es staff plays a critical role in prevent- ing healthcare-associ- ated infections, yet we often fail to recognize how important house- keepers are to keeping patients safe from cross-contamination, especially when it comes to good surface decontamination. And the inevitable result, unfortunately, is that when facilities start feeling strapped or looking for places to save, housekeeping, because it's not direct- ly involved in health care, is often among the first cuts. But that can be a trap — a "cost-saving" measure that ends up being a lot more expensive down the road. Housekeepers Are Your SSI Foot Soldiers A dedicated cleaning crew is the first line of defense against infections. Infection Prevention Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, MS, SV, SM(ASCP) CM , MB CM • UNDERRATED WEAPON In the ever-evolving world of infection prevention, environmental services training has to be ongoing, and leadership needs to ensure that it's kept up to date. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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