Thank you all for your responses!! I knew I could "count" on you!
To respond to a couple of things that came up.
Our techs are usually busy during closure holding retractors, etc, acting as first assistants. It's not unusual for us to do say a hemi-colectomy or lap chole with only the surgeon and tech.
I may have built in a little too much time I guess, but I would like to start on the high side and work back.
The other day, we had a scrub tech teacher from a local college come in and talk to everyone about keeping our count technique all the same, it did help.
Also, a couple of the techs are working with the docs and sterile processing on cutting down trays. Over the years we have just gotten too much stuff on some of them.
The RN's, are working with the docs on the paper work side, revising our policy's to make this work.
We have not yet started our counting,,yet,,,some preliminary stuff to get in place first.
Kim,,,,,thanks for your input. I guess it just shows how "old fashion" I am. I just find it soooo coool that two nurses, one in Ohio, and another in Australia can talk and share view points. I LOVE IT.
Thanks again. Mike