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place "stat" tags (2-inch by 2-inch pieces of brightly colored, laminated construction paper) in instrument trays that they need back ASAP. When instrument techs open a tray and see the tag, they make turning around that set a priority. Surgical techs at Callahan also make "needs lists" based on the next day's case schedule so SPD focuses on repro- cessing the listed instruments. 4. High-tech solutions An instrument barcode tracking system lets SPD and OR staff know where items are located in the facility at any given time, says Ms. Maloney. Callahan's system prints bar codes as staff check off that individual instruments are included in a tray. The bar code is affixed to the tray and staff scan it when the tray is placed in a sterilizer load or readied for use in an OR. Instrument tracking can help fulfill the Joint Commission's require- ment to match instrument trays to sterilization loads and specific cases, says Ms. Maloney. She says the data collected by the system also provide details about peak times in the sterile processing depart- ment and rates of instrument usage by individual service lines. You can use the information to adjust staffing levels based on productivity or bottlenecks in sterile processing or invest in additional instrument sets in order to maintain scheduling efficiencies. Automated washer-disinfector systems help SPD staff keep up with the throughput needed to match a busy day's schedule, says Ms. Maloney. The washers feature different chambers that perform the var- ious stages of cleaning as instruments pass through pre-wash with enzymatic cleaner, general wash, pure water rinse and final dry cycle. Ms. Seavey suggests placing an electronic big board in SPD so techs can track the progress of the day's surgical schedule and make adjust- ments as needed. 7 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6

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