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- May 15, '12 by woohThis isn't about environmental health. It's squeezing a few extra pennies out of the bottom line at the expense of patient safety.
- May 15, '12 by beckster_01^ Agreed. If we are reducing, reusing, and recycling bedpans I would much rather they return to autoclaving metal bedpans vs. a group bath of plastic ones.
- May 15, '12 by hey_suzYes, what you should really do is find out what material they are made of, and what disinfectant (if any) is safe to use on the product without breaking it down.
- May 15, '12 by michelle126Im getting a bit confused in this thread. Are we talking about the pink or blue plastic bed pans? If so..how often are you thowing them away. At our place, they are per resident and are thrown out when the resident is discharged or they get super nasty or old. Same thing with urinals...when they are dumped out, they should be rinsed with water and a squirt of soap and water. Why would you need to boil it? If you are using bleach to clean, that should help with any smells or stains from the urine.
Most LTCs still use cloth rags for peri care. Waaaay cheaper than disposables and I think they clean better.
You've all peaked my interest in how facilty cleans these...might need to post the question in the LTC forum since it deals with longer term patients and longer use of supplies like the bed pans etc.
- May 15, '12 by notpuurfctbtgdenghnsThanks
- May 15, '12 by Hygiene QueenQuote from katsanchezRNWe used cloth briefs, too (as well as disposable).When I started as a cna 14 years ago....we used soap and water and wash rags and also cloth diapers for those who needed them. I still think that is the best way also.
No briefs at night.
Crisco for moisture barrier.
- May 15, '12 by GitanoRNQuote from hygiene queendid we go to the same nursing school?... :dwe used cloth briefs, too (as well as disposable).
no briefs at night.
crisco for moisture barrier.
- May 16, '12 by Asystole RNMy god, they are disinfecting and reusing bedpans. It's not like they are using the bedpans for cereal bowls. Does everyone throw away the towels after they use them? Do you throw your hands away after you wipe yourself? I'm willing to bet that those bedpans are 100% more clean than the employee's hands. At least the bedpans get washed occasionally.
Bedpans don't have to be sterile, just clean.