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Archive >  May, 2014 XV, No. 5

Ideas That Work: Fill in The Gaps

Turn Downtime Into Productive Time

break down boxes GAP DUTY Shannon Welch, CST, (left) and Debora Shirley, purchasing and central sterile manager, put up stock and break down boxes during a break in the action at the Gainesville Surgery Center.

Turn Downtime Into Productive Time

Turn those unavoidable gaps between surgeries into productive time by giving your staff mini-projects to complete. So-called "gap duties" need to be completed, but they don't have a hard deadline. Gap duties might include:

put up stock

break down boxes

clean bugs out of lamps

replace light bulbs

hose down scrub mats

clean OR boots

check sharp boxes

check supplies and meds for out-dates

compile charts in the business office

audit charts

Andy Whitener, MSPT, MBA
Gainesville (Ga.) Surgery Center

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