2, 980, 376 minutes.
That is five years and eight months without an immediate use steam sterilization for total joints.
5 years and 8 months saying no to surgeons.
Until this week.
Because the surgeon didn’t want to wait.
A flash takes 13 minutes.
A pre-vac takes 25 minutes.
For an impatient surgeon that didn’t want to wait the additional 12 minutes for a pre-vac cycle, the no flash streak in the OR was broken.
For a surgeon that no one had the balls to say no to, the patient is at increased risk of infection.
For a surgeon that just had to have his way, the patient has to be monitored by infection control for 5 years.
Flashing should solely be done in life or limb situations.
I have been working on decreasing the IUSS in the OR for 7 years.
And they fuck it up in one fail swoop because the precious surgeon didn’t want to wait.
I am so disgusted.
But, mostly, I am angry.
(the title is an homage to Seasons of Love from Rent: the musical)