In December 2018, an urban hospital evaluated instrument pre-cleaning processes in response to three of their system hospitals facing related regulatory deficiencies, lack of standardization and poor adherence to current practices. This session will describe how a hospital worked with system partners to simplify, standardize, and sustain a previously error-prone process and transition high-risk, low utilization areas to disposable alternatives within a variety of care areas. Approaching this process using quality improvement methodology resulted in efficient use of resources, standardization across the system and robust regulatory readiness outcomes.
Identify key strategies in developing a sustainable process for instrument pre-cleaning and disposal practices.
Identify opportunities to simplify high risk workflows through cost/benefit analysis
Discuss risks that emerge from process variation and the barriers that can prevent adherence.
Quality Improvement Specialist,
Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
Patient Safety Specialist,
Park Nicollet Health Services
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