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to improve our practices. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards and Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) guidelines are the drivers for how we practice infection prevention in surgery and sterile processing. These guidelines are expensive to purchase, but well worth it. I often see people using outdated guidelines. They're following them, and think they're fine, then learn they're not compliant because practices have changed. It's critical for any ASC to have current copies of those stan- dards and guidelines, and literally build their practices, procedures and policies around them. IFUs: Learn them, love them, live them. You should also have the instructions for use (IFUs) for all the devices and equipment you use. They can't be shelf documents, however. You have to keep an open mind that the IFU's contents, as well as what's in the AAMI standards and AORN guidelines, can teach you something you didn't know. A lot of times we learn things and assume that's how it should be done forever. You may think you know the best way to turn a room, handle a chemical, clean devices and operate equipment, but it's the little changes that happen in increments that we need to keep on top of in order to improve our perform- ances. The "that's always how we've done it here" mentality isn't helpful. For example, years ago we didn't have to fol- low IFUs. We just took a best-guess approach on the best way to clean a new instrument. Current processes involve more steps and take longer, but result in cleaner and safer instruments. I still get calls from 2 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 7 • NO SHORTCUTS Resist the temptation to save time by cutting corners. Always clean instruments and rooms to acceptable levels. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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