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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 1 The Benefits of Build-to-Order Instrument Sets Unlock hidden efficiencies when you lighten your instrument trays. T he key to improved OR efficiency might be hiding in an unlikely place: your overcrowded instru- ment trays. It's amazing how many good things have happened since we launched our build- to-order process and eliminated unneces- sary items from our trays. For starters, sets are easier to assemble. We've improved throughput in the sterile processing department, so much so that we rarely have to delay start times because sets aren't back to the OR. We've also downsized many cumbersome instrument trays and decluttered our reprocessing area. And perhaps the most pleasant surprise of all: The OR and sterile processing are pulling in the same direction. All this from rightsizing our instrument trays, only filling them with the tools surgeons routinely use. Who's using what? How many of the instruments that your sterile processing techs clean, sterilize, repack and send to the OR get used? To find out, sit down with a willing surgeon and review his instrument preference list. Ensure the list is current and that every item on the list is sent to the OR for his cases. Next, have surgical techs go line by line down the Staffing Christopher Backous, MHA • RIGHTSIZING Good things will happen when you eliminate all the unnecessary items from your instrument trays.

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