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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:27 PM Page 19 HANDY GUY TO HAVE AROUND Train a Nurse to Fix Surgical Equipment W hen an electronic device malfunctions, you can call a biomedical engineer or the manufacturer's service line, but in the meantime you're out of commission and productivity screeches to a halt. It doesn't have to be that way, not if you assign a nurse to troubleshoot balky equipment. I'm Mr. Fix-It at my facility. I carry a mobile phone, and everyone on staff knows the number in case technical difficulties silence anything from electrosurgery units to video systems. Nine Robert Scroggins, RN, BSN, CMLSO times out of 10, I can get the system up and running in short order, though I don't open up anything — that's a job for the service experts. The job of clinical technology resource nurse MR. FIX-IT Rob Scroggins, with a CO2 laser, troubleshoots balky equipment. requires some interest in and experience with technology, as well as beyond-the-user's-manu- al training and a good working relationship with vendors' representatives and biomed techs. This training might add to staffing costs, but the payoff can be huge. How expensive are avoidable equipment delays? How valuable is an assurance that your surgeons and staff won't be left hanging for a relatively simple fix? Robert Scroggins, RN, BSN, CMLSO, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, Ky. rwscroggins@insightbb.com A P R I L 2 013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | 1 9

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