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A Drug Diverter Comes Clean - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine - December 2017

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1 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 • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 T ake a few minutes to watch your staff in action the next time they turn over ORs. Do they wipe down the keyboards and mice at nursing and anesthesia workstations? What about the beds, door handles and anesthesia workstations? Those are the high-touch items Terri Link, MPH, BSN, CNOR, CIC, a perioperative patient safety specialist at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo., identified in a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control (osmag.net/g8VdVY). If your turnover teams don't touch on those areas between cases, the surfaces in your ORs might not be as clean you think they are. Unfortunately, that might be the rule rather than the exception. "On average, only about 40% of surfaces that need to be disinfected are being addressed," says Philip Carling, MD, MPH, a clinical professor of medicine at the Boston (Mass.) University School of Medicine. "Environmental cleaning is an underappreciated area of concern Is Your Cleaning Barely Scratching the Surface? Daniel Cook | Executive Editor Tap into the science of surface disinfection to rid your rooms of infection-causing bioburden. • WIPE OUT Your staff might think they've got surface cleaning covered, but studies suggest most high-touch items aren't disinfected properly between cases.

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