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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 6 • 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 9 T he Joint Commission and the National Fire Protection Association guidelines say flammable preps must be allowed enough time to dry after application, pooled solution must be wiped away, and application supplies and leftover solution must be removed from the OR before procedures begin. We heard rumblings that the Joint Commission was dinging facili- ties for failing to toss out used prep- ping supplies, so our staff members who apply alcohol-based preps now toss the applicators, remaining solu- tion and towels used to sop up pool- ing solution into a clear plastic trash bag set up next to the OR table. The circulating nurse then ties up the bag and places it in the hall, where a member of the environmental services team comes by to scoop it up. The surgical team discusses fire safety during the pre-op time and confirms that the bag contain- ing the prepping supplies had been placed in the hallway. Barney Clark, BSN, RN, CNOR McClellan Memorial VA Medical Center Little Rock, Ark. george.clark2@va.gov FIRE SAFETY Toss Out Flammable Prepping Supplies • TAKING OUT THE TRASH Fill a clear plastic bag with used prepping materials and place it in the hall before cases begin. Trammele Penn

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