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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2017

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M A Y 2 0 1 7 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 5 6 Inside Our Journey to Zero SSIs It took evidence-based practices and hard work to eliminate infections. Diane Kimsey, MSN, MHA, RN, CNOR, CLO 11 Souped-up Surface Cleaning Whole-room disinfection solutions and fine-tuned manual scrubbing will eradicate infection-causing microorganisms. Bill Donahue | Senior Editor 18 5 Burning Questions About Patient Warming Separating fact from fiction on ways to prevent hypothermia and lower infection risks. Paul Austin, CRNA, PhD 28 Kryptonite for Superbugs 3 surefire ways to strengthen your infection prevention protocols to neutralize antimicrobial- resistant bacteria. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor 34 Lessons in Lumened Instrument Cleaning Follow these tips to ensure reprocessing's critical first step is performed correctly each and every time. Donna Swenson, BS, CRCST, CHL, ACE 41 6 Rules for Rigid Sterilization Container Use Practical steps to ensure the barrier between impurities and your instruments remains strong. Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CIS, ACE, CHL, FCS 48 Make No Mistake: Prepping the Skin Takes Time How to convince your surgeons and staff that a proper skin prep can't be rushed. Teresa A. Glandorf, BSN, RN, CNOR 55 The Lowdown on Low-temp Sterilization Maximize your use of alternatives to the autoclave to reprocess heat-sensitive devices and flexible endoscopes. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor Bill Donahue | Senior Editor 60 Get Buy-in for Bundles To Reduce Infection Risks Q&A with Chad Buhs, MD, surgeon champion of SSI prevention. To Our Readers Skin prepping, surface disinfection, patient warming and proper instrument reprocessing are effective weapons in the fight against SSIs, but the practices pack a potent antiseptic punch when they're applied as part of a coordinated, facility-wide effort. That's why the Manager's Guide to Infection Control emphasizes a team-based, multifaceted approach to eradicating infection-causing bacteria. We hope you use the advice and insights on the following pages to pump up your infection prevention efforts in all aspects of patient care. Cover design by Ethan Anderson | Photo by Mark Voigt Infection Control M a y 2 0 1 7 w w w . o u t p a t i e n t s u r g e r y . n e t 34 C O N T E N T S

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