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Infection prevention was the top strategy cited by respondents to the 2015 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey for curbing readmissions. According to a 2015 study in JAMA, surgical site infection was the most common reason for 30-day readmission in patients who had bariatric procedures, colectomy or proctectomy, hysterectomy, total hip or knee arthroplasty, ventral hernia repair, and lower extremity vascular bypass.
The steady increase in penalties imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for readmissions has made it imperative to try to reduce the likelihood that patients will return to the hospital. And numerous reports this past year of faulty endoscope reprocessing at facilities nationwide have put sterilization practices under the microscope along with surgical protocols. OR Manager has closely monitored these trends. In this Special Report: Sterilization & Disinfection, we offer a compilation of best practices articles to help readers improve their perioperative services environments, sterile processing techniques, and patient safety records.
The table of contents includes:
- Creating a powerful partnership between the OR and the SPD
- Better communication and teamwork improve sterile processing efficiency
- Water: A critical ingredient for instrument cleaning and disinfection
- A risk analysis of the steam sterilization process can improve patient safety
- CMS replaces flash sterilization with IUSS
- Are you correctly using rigid sterilization containers for IUSS?
- Lean tools help staff weed out bioburden pests
- Environmental cleaning in sterile processing areas
Format: Downloadable PDF
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