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apart," says Melissa Willms, BSN, RN, CNOR, surgical serv- ices manager at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia, Ill. When to start? When do you begin cleaning the room — while the patient is still in the room or only after the patient leaves the OR? More than half (56.5%) of our respon- dents wait until the patient has been rolled out to begin clean- ing, while 40.2% get a head start by removing supplies and equip- ment when the patient is being aroused from anesthesia. One facility starts to bag up the trash and remove the linens from the OR bed, "but no wet cleaning begins until the patient exits the room." At Central Louisiana Hospital, cleanup begins when the patient is being aroused from anesthesia, says Ms. Humbles. The scrub remains sterile at the sterile field while the circulator and other free team members help remove waste bags and gather cleaning materials, she says. "The surgical back table is often cleared in the very late stages of a routine case once the surgeon has given the okay to do so," says Ms. Conley. "There's no reason that cases can't be cleaned up while the patient is being aroused and the dressings are on. Everything except wiping down the table can happen," says a respondent. About two-thirds of respondents (65.9%) mop the floors between cases 1 0 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • HIT SQUAD Only 20% of the surgical facility leaders Outpatient Surgery Magazine surveyed have a dedicated turnover team. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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