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OR Excellence Awards 2016 - September 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 2 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 • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 D oes your sterile processing department skimp on or skip any steps when they're repro- cessing flexible endoscopes? Last month we surveyed GI facility leaders to find out how their endoscopy reprocessing practices compare with national guidelines (osmag.net/VjYKe9). Overall, the results were reassuring — most, if not all, of our 122 respondents take pride in following the basic tenets of endoscope care — but our survey also revealed some interesting and potentially concerning practices in the following areas: How Does Your Endoscopy Reprocessing Compare? • WASH, RINSE, REPEAT Endoscope cleaning requires meticulous attention to detail and constant focus on a standardized series of steps. Our reader survey shows most GI facilities are following national standards, but it also uncovered some worrisome trends. Daniel Cook Executive Editor Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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