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A Drug Diverter Comes Clean - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine - December 2017

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2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 I 've seen many techs double- bag sharp instruments in peel packs, worrying that the sharpness will poke through the plastic during steril- ization. This is obvi- ously against stan- dard procedures. The solution is sim- ple: Place sharp instruments in instrument protec- tors that feature a transparent pouch that secures the tip of the instrument, keeping it from pok- ing through a single bag during the sterilization process. Plus, there's an added bonus — the protectors will keep the instrument open in the bag, making the sterilization far more effective. Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC Infection Control Consulting Services Delray Beach, Fla. info@iccs-home.com Don't Double-Bag Sharp Instruments • PROTECTIVE POUCH Instrument protectors keep instruments from poking through the peel pack during sterilization. Ideas Work That

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