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The Economics of Prefilled Syringes - August 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 0 1 6 Secrets for Cleaning Lumened Instruments T here's no margin for error in your central sterile process- ing department, and that's a lot of pressure to contend with every day. Add in the challenges associated with flexible endoscopes, narrow-channeled phaco hand- pieces and other notoriously tough-to-clean lumened instruments, and it's no surprise that burnout and turnover are so common among reprocessing techs. These 6 "secrets" to cleaning lumened instruments may help to ease the pressure and eliminate some of the situations contributing to reprocessing failures. 1. Start the reprocessing sequence in the OR. In reprocess- ing, every minute matters, and epidemiologist Cori L. Ofstead, presi- dent and CEO of Ofstead & Associates in St. Paul, Minn., says the clock starts ticking in the OR, not central sterile. "When an instrument sits up in the OR for a while, or if it's used early in the case and hangs around until the case ends, the residue Follow these tips to keep your central sterile processing department running on all cylinders. Bill Donahue | Senior Editor • REPROCESSING CHALLENGE Narrow-lumened instruments and endoscopes have the highest risk of being improperly reprocessed.

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