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Compounding Disaster - July 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 1 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 • J U L Y 2 0 1 6 B ack when it was still called flashing, we sure were doing a lot of it. As recently as 2011, we were flash- sterilizing nearly half (44%) of our instruments here at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. Yes, I know that's awfully high, especially for one of the most prominent otolaryngology and ophthalmology hospitals in the world, but we were flashing not because we wanted to, but How We've (Nearly) Eliminated Flashing The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai went from flashing nearly half of its instruments to hardly any. Editha Esquieres, RN, MHA, CNOR | New York, N.Y. • DANGEROUS SHORTCUTS Nurses and techs are likely to cut corners in the cleaning process when they flash-sterilize unwrapped instruments.

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