February 1, 2008

Heavy instrument sets shed pounds

By: OR Manager

Narance, right, reviews the inventory list for a reorganized set with employee Eric Johnson. Amajor orthopedic case can take 30 instrument trays, some weighing as much as 40 pounds. A Bookwalter retractor alone is over 25 pounds. Hysterectomy sets can top 30 pounds. Day after day, OR and central service (CS) staff wrestle heavy sets and carts. It's taking its toll (related article). In 2006, the Association for the Advancement…

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