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Surgical Smoke Nearly Killed Me - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2018

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processing division at Crothall Healthcare in New York, N.Y. The scopes should not touch any common surfaces, such as cabinetry, clothing or other endoscopes. When carrying scopes from one part of the workflow to another, one hand should support the control body and the other should hold the distal end to prevent damage, says Mr. Escheik. Make good use of vendor resources. Major flexible endoscope manufacturers, such as Olympus, Karl Storz and Pentax, have many educational resources available for surgery cen- ters and hospitals and can provide onsite training and competency checks for scope reprocessing technicians. "Leaders should ensure they are taking full advantage of this expertise and use it to supple- ment existing training programs," says Mr. Escheik. "Some compa- nies will even provide accredited continuing education units for certi- fied technicians." Continuous improvement Don't expect to implement all 10 of these best practices overnight, but be committed to improving your endoscope reprocessing. And as with every industry, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel when it comes to process improvement. Hopefully, these tips will help your sterile processing team continue on its journey to endoscope reprocessing excellence. OSM 10 5 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 • F E B R U A R U Y 2 0 1 8 Mr. Balch (hank@beyondclean.net) is the co-founder and host of Beyond Clean, a podcast that takes a creative look inside the world of sterile processing (beyondclean.net).

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