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many times the masks have been disinfected and drop them off in a temporary disinfecting station set up in a physician conference room next to the back door where staff arrive and leave each day. The masks are treated with two five-minute cycles (front and back) and placed in a clean bag for pick up the next morning. During procedures involving aerosolization, which can occur dur- ing upper endoscopies and intubation/extubation, staff at LSDC must wear face shields and isolation gowns in addition to N95 masks. The center currently has adequate supplies of PPE, but shortages are a constant concern. "Materials management is in constant communication with clinical staff members, who provide a running total of PPE supplies," says Ms. Williams. "We've fulfilled requests based on daily needs." In addition to wearing a surgical mask over an N95 mask, staff at UConn Health Surgery Center must wear a face shield whenever they interact with patients, including in pre-op and the PACU. Patients at both surgery centers are required to wear masks at all times during their stay. • Focusing on surface cleaning. Instead of swooping into ORs as soon as cases end to prepare the rooms for the next patient, staff at LSDC now wait outside while a UV-C light-emitting robot completes two 10-minute disinfection cycles. Staff wait 15 minutes after the robot completes its work to allow one complete air exchange to occur. They then enter the room to terminally clean flat surfaces, equipment and supplies, the anesthesia machine, walls and floors. To account for the additional time these new cleaning regimens require, LSDC doubled the time typically allotted to scheduled pro- cedures. The surgery center's staff have also been instructed to regularly clean high-traffic areas. When patients leave the lobby for the pre-op 4 2 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 2 0

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