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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - OR Excellence Program Preview - June 2017

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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J U N E 2 0 1 7 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 4 7 C onsidering her dual background in nursing and engineering, Kerry Riek, RN, BSN, PE, has what some might consider the perfect job. She's a sen- ior associate with the highly regarded ECRI Institute, meaning she spends her days helping healthcare organizations assess, procure and man- age healthcare technologies of every sort. It's her job to keep an eye on the latest gadgets, gizmos and instrumentation designed to help surgeons generate better outcomes for their patients. In her presenta- tion, "New and Emerging Technologies for Surgery," Ms. Riek will offer her perspective on the hottest surgical technologies she's sampled at the leading medical product testing laboratory. • Infection prevention. We've seen the increased adoption of whole-room disinfection systems — As an undergrad, completed a nursing practicum on an ortho- pedics and med/surg overflow unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass. Kerry Riek, RN, BSN, PE Transformative Tech Which new and emerging technologies for surgery will truly change the game? Focuses her work at ECRI Institute in strategic planning and assessment, patient safety, medical equip- ment planning and procurement assis- tance. Received her BSN from Northeastern University. these high-tech "robots" that use ultraviolent light from mercury lamps and xenon lamps to kill off drug-resistant superbugs that may be lingering on surfaces in ORs and other healthcare environ- ments. Over the past year, we've also gotten a closer look at the next generation: light-emitting diodes (LED) that emit light in the "deep UV" range as a form of disin- fection. The technology is still in an emerging state, but one of the potential uses could be a countertop unit for disin-

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