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The Secret of Gritflowness - October 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 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 • O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 Ideas Work That CREATIVE COMPLIANCE Paper Towel Trail Improves Hand Hygiene Y ou might use covert monitoring meth- ods and punitive punishments to improve your staff's compliance with hand hygiene protocols, but I believe in overt observations and positive reinforcements. One day, while making rounds to observe my staff in action, I didn't have anything to write on and ended up grabbing a nearby paper towel. I jotted down my thoughts and later transferred them to a formal auditing tool. Staff members shared a good-natured laugh at my impromptu note-taking method — but it also got their attention, so I continued the practice. Now, the sight of me with a paper towel and pen in hand serves as a constant reminder to prac- tice proper hand hygiene. Victoria Brozovich, RN, CAPA Monticello Community Surgery Center Charlottesville, Va. victoria.brozovich@monticellosurgery.com DULY NOTED Victoria Brozovich, RN, CAPA, turned a missing form into a signature way to monitor her staff's performance. I f you went out of your way to get recycling bins into your ORs, the last thing you want is for all your green efforts to go to waste when recyclables accidentally wind up getting mistaken for non-renewable, landfill-increas- ing trash. This is something that can happen easily if you line your recycling bins with the same color bags as your trash receptacles. That's why we use different types of bags to distin- guish between the different types of waste that gets discard- ed from our facility — clear plastic bags for recyclables and black trash bags for waste. For us, it's one of the small extra steps we take — which include bold, pink signs hung directly above recycling bins that remind staff exactly what items can be diverted from the waste stream — to ensure the recycling program our staff worked so hard to get off the ground continues to be as green as possible. Jacki Blaber, RN Greenwich Hospital Greenwich, Conn. jgblaber@gmail.com BEYOND THE BIN The Clear Choice for Going Green WASTE NOT The blue recycling bins at Greenwich Hospital are lined with clear bags to ensure materials don't end up in a landfill. Greenwich Hospital Victoria Brozovich, RN, CAPA

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