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Marking Madness - April 2013 - Subscribe

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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:27 PM Page 20 I A IDEAS THAT WORK SAVE ON IV BAGS Better to Hang a 1L Bag Than 2 500cc Bags SSI PREVENTION save nearly a dollar on every patient when WASTE NOT It's better to hang a 1L IV bag than 2 500cc bags. we hang a 1L bag of IV fluid in pre-op rather than 2 500cc bags. We pay 97¢ per 1L bag and 91¢ per 500cc bag, a difference of 85¢ per patient. Not a huge savings, but if you average 30 patients per day, there's potential for saving more than $6,000 per year. With the exception of pediatric patients or some adults in whom you must limit fluid intake, almost all of our patients will receive more than 500cc of IV fluid. Linda W. Frix, RN, BSN, CAPA Northern Virginia Surgery Center Fairfax, Va. lfrix@fairoakssc.com 2 0 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | A P R I L 2 013 Linda W. Frix, RN, BSN, CAPA W e Make Chlorhexidine Pre-Op Showers Count S tudies have shown that patients who bathe or show- er for at least 3 days with a soap or wipes containing the antiseptic chlorhexidine have fewer SSIs. But be sure your pre-op nurses advise patients about the importance of drying themselves with clean towels, sleeping on clean sheets, and wearing clean underwear and clothes before surgery to avoid replacing bacteria on the skin. Karen Reiter, RN, CNOR, RNFA DISC Sports and Spine Center Marina del Rey, Calif. karen.reiter@discmdgroup.com

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