Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2018

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

Issue link: http://outpatientsurgery.uberflip.com/i/980201

Contents of this Issue


Page 58 of 66

in order to remove all of the enzymatic detergent. Ineffective rinsing can let the very bacteria you are attempting to remove remain on instruments and continue to multiply. • Follow the wet-dry rule. Keep instruments wet at the point of use and spray them down in the instrument pan; then keep instruments dry after disinfection or sterilization because biofilm forms in wet conditions. You have to set yourself up for success when battling biofilm — if the first part isn't right, the last part won't be right. A background in biofilm Before I became a perioperative educator, I worked for 8 years as a clinical education consultant for a company that made a popular high- level disinfectant solution as well as sterilization and disinfection med- ical devices. I visited hospitals and surgery centers to train clinicians on how to use sterilizers, endoscope reprocessors and the high-level disin- fectant. I think it's invaluable for the surgical team to become more educat- ed in sterilization and disinfection techniques so they can appreciate and understand what happens to their instruments before and after they use them. Staff trust that sterile processing won't let a load go out if it's not sterile, but they should still look at the indicator when they rip open the pack or tray. OSM M A y 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 9 Ms. Wasserman (margaret.wasserman@advocatehealth.com) is senior ana- lyst for peer review at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Ill.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Outpatient Surgery Magazine - Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2018