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Hip With the Times - July 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 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 • J U L Y 2 0 1 7 Flash Forward F lash sterilization goes by many names: flashing, short- cycle steam sterilization, immediate-use steam sterilization (IUSS). Regardless of what you call it, it means the same thing: subjecting unwrapped instruments to an abbreviat- ed steam sterilization cycle with no drying or packaging, and then using the instruments promptly after the cycle is complete rather than storing them for later use. "Flash," which arose out of the abbreviated time of exposure of the unwrapped device, has fallen out of favor. It now goes by IUSS. And it's generally frowned upon, especially if you're doing so on a routine The unexpected benefits of abstaining from immediate-use steam sterilization. Megan L. Lamoreux, RN, BSN, CNOR | Wilkes-Barre, Pa. • IMMEDIATE BENEFITS? Although using immediate- use steam sterilization can return instruments to the sterile field quickly, it can also increase infection risk.

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