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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Orthopedics - August 2018

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scheduled, the unit does not need to be emp- tied between each case. "Our old disposable canisters held 3 liters each and the circulating nurse had to move the suction tube from one canister to the next when they would fill up," says Mr. Jones. The new mobile collection system is "a huge timesaver," says Ms. Polking. "You can keep the units in the OR and dispose of the fluid waste between cases with a single trip to the docking station," she says. "Staff spend less time replac- ing filled canisters with empty ones during cases. That makes their jobs much easier." Going green The upgrades Iowa City VA and Overlook Medical Center made to their fluid collection practices has caught the attention of Practice Greenhealth, an organization that recognizes healthcare facilities for their efforts to make their working operations greener. Both facilities received the organization's 2018 Environmental Excellence Award for keeping countless containers of solidified waste from reaching local landfills. Mr. Wechsler emphasizes that his facility's focus on improving fluid waste collection practices centered on ways to protect staff and sur- geons. "We originally converted to using mobile collection units to increase the safety to our surgical team," he says. "That the system helped us go green was a welcome secondary benefit that further enhanced our hospital-wide commitment to environmental sustain- ability." OSM A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 9 "Never stop looking for new and better ways to dispose of fluid waste." — Martin Jones Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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