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but they can't use the devices in the ORs. Our surgeons have prohibited the use of smartphones during surgery, including texting or Internet surf- ing, because they want everyone's full attention to be on the patient in the room. Make reps accountable. Some vendors bring in instrument trays that might contain 60 items for complex cases. We require that they provide a hard copy list of the tray's contents, take a picture on their cell phone of the complete set and review the contents with the sterile processing manager to make sure all items are accounted for before the tray enters our facility. After we've used and sterilized the set, the rep is responsible for putting the tray back together. It's a system of checks and balances that makes vendors accountable for their instrument sets and eliminates the possibility of their claiming we owe thousands of dollars for instruments that were allegedly lost in our facility. Rely on their expertise. Embrace vendors and treat them like the helpful surgical professionals they are. They often know how to use their devices better than surgeons do and bring a needed level of expertise to involved surgeries. Once you understand and appreciate the value vendors bring to the OR, they'll reciprocate by providing value-added services that help your facility in ways you might not have considered. For example, you can ask vendors to bring in extra sets of instruments to help your team through a busy day without having to push the central sterile department to the limits of their capabilities. The work reps do might also help streamline your staff. We have a rep who works with a surgeon who's here only 2 days a month. He brings 43 sets of instruments in on a Thursday, so we have Friday and 4 5 D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 1

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