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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Surgical Construction - March 2018

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tors to consider when designing and con- structing a SPD, you also need to design the layout to improve staff safety and effi- ciency. Mr. Voigt says his department features individual worksta- tions in the decontam- ination area. The work areas are clean, organized and stocked with needed cleaning supplies and tools. In order to cut down on unnecessary movement, which wastes valuable time, each workstation is within steps of the washing stations where techs place instruments after they've manually cleaned them. His hospital also invested in pass-through washers and pass-through autoclaves so that the decontamination area is completely separate from where sterilized instrument sets are reassembled and stored. "That's important because it protects patients," says Mr. Voight. "It eliminates the risk of staff grabbing a tray that's prepped for steriliza- tion, but not yet sterile." OSM M A R C H 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 1 • ON THE MOVE Installing your decontamination room close to your ORs makes it easier to maintain a constant flow of instruments between the areas. Mark Voigt

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