Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2017

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M A Y 2 0 1 7 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 4 7 attached? It's important to spot a container's integrity issues before subjecting it to any steril- ization modality. 5. Handle with care Place containers flat in steriliz- ers and never stack them directly on top of one another — a hand should fit between each container. And never place them above any wrapped items in the same load, as condensation can drip from the equipment. Consult the autoclave manufactur- er's instructions for use for information regarding maximum poundage per load. Before unloading rigid containers from sterilizers, make sure the containers have reached room temperature. Some facilities are now relying on infrared testers to determine the exact surface temperature of heated containers. If con- tainers are at all wet at the time of removal, which can be the result of poor steam quality or a sterilizer malfunction, you should reject the cycle. 6. Store and transport Store rigid containers in a sterile environment 8 to 20 inches from the floor and at least 18 inches below any sprinkler head. Place containers on storage shelves; the bottom shelf should be solid. You can stack them, but don't place more than a couple on top of each other. During transport, place containers on a closed cart to protect their integrity, and the staff member doing the transporting should move cautiously so that the cart's contents aren't knocked around. Upon arrival in the OR, a member of the surgical team should inspect a container's integrity before its contents are used. OSM Ms. Klacik (sklacik@yahoo.com) is a sterilization consultant based in Canfield, Ohio. • SOLID BARRIER Manufacturers' instructions for use outline how to keep con- tainers in good working order. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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