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

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1 8 • 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 he central ster- ile room in our small facility sits adjacent to our 3 ORs, so members of the surgical team have easy access to needed instruments. During hectic times of the schedule, however, there's always the potential for them to grab items that have been wrapped, but not yet sterilized. That's why we keep wrapped instruments that are waiting to be auto- claved in a locked storage cabinet. Every member of the staff knows the numerical code to the lock, which creates an extra step and gives them time to stop and think before they inadvertently grab unsterile instruments. Nicole Sievert, RN, BSN Granville Health System Oxford, N.C. nsievert@granvillemedical.com STERILITY ASSURANCE Lock Up Instruments Not Yet Autoclaved Nicole Sievert, RN, BSN • SAFE AND SECURE Keep unsterile instruments behind closed doors to avoid mix- ing sterile and unsterile items. Ideas Work That

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