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1 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 Ideas Work That H ere's a quick way to confirm that the lids on your rigid sterilization contain- ers that use round filters are sealed tight. I call it the "wiggle" test. Inspect the retention pins on your con- tainer lids after every use to confirm a proper seal is still possible once you've put the filter retention plate in place. If the reten- tion pin is loose or bent, the plate may still be able to wiggle — even if you hear the "click" of a reten- tion plate locking into place. If technicians find this kind of damage, they should take the container lid out of service immediately because the sterile barrier is compromised. Hank Balch, BS, MDiv, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL Beyond Clean Consulting San Antonio, Texas hank@beyondclean.net NO SEAL, NO DEAL Do Your Retention Plates Pass the 'Wiggle' Test? • PINS + PLATES Inspect the retention pins on your rigid sterilization con- tainer lids after every use to confirm a tight seal. Beyond Clean Consulting

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