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A Deep Dive Into Surface Disinfection - October 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 F our years ago, we reviewed our approach to operating room turnovers as a strategy to prevent surgical site infections. Here's what we found: Our envi- ronmental cleaning staff would sometimes hesitate at the OR door, almost as if they were thinking: Where do I start? After assessing the normal work flow and cleaning effectiveness of our turnover team, we discovered that the whole cleaning process could be random and a little chaotic, so we saw an opportunity to standardize the process by creating 5 distinct cleaning zones . The premise behind zone cleaning is that you can walk into even the busiest post-orthopedics OR and take a uniform approach to cleaning it from top to bottom. If you follow the protocol as prescribed, you should have confidence that the room has been completely disinfec- ted at the turnover's conclusion. You're using the same list of approved cleaning solutions as before; the only significant change is how you approach the room, because you're essentially dividing the space into manageable, clearly defined areas, or zones. Now, when our turnover team enters an OR, they break it down into the follow- ing: DIVIDE AND CONQUER Zone Cleaning Your ORs During Turnover • FIVE EASY PIECES Memorial Hermann's turnover crew divides each OR into 5 dis- tinct zones. A "zone captain" directs the cleaning process from start to finish. Memorial Hermann Health System Ideas Work That

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