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Heavy Duty - October 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Ideas Work That 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 W e use a fluorescent light (osmag.net/RuPE2t) to conduct weekly checks of how clean our OR surfaces are. Shining the light on surfaces in darkened rooms reveals stains and residue that staff have missed. We perform the inspections at the begin- ning of the day, before a room has been entered, to assess the terminal cleaning done the night before. By recording what we see in each area of the room on an audit tool (download it at outpatientsurgery.net/forms), on which we note scores that range from 0 (no detection) to 5 (exces- sive detection), we're able to track which areas need more attention and note what actions we need to take to make sure staff focus on spots they missed. Nikki Williams, RN, CNOR Lakeland (Fla.) Surgical & Diagnostic Center nwilliams@lsdc.net Shine a Light on Dirty ORs • SPOT CHECK A fluorescent light reveals areas in the OR that your cleaning crew missed. Nikki Williams, RN, CNOR

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