I have a question..what is the correct/proper way to clean your bandge scissors? I work in LTC. During the day I will do multiple dressings on different residents. I currently clean my scissors thoroughly with alcohol wipes before beginning and at the end/or in between if I am any where in contact with "dirty" itmes.
What if it is a MRSA wound...we do have bleach wipes now available.
Are the alcohol wipes sufficient for most wounds and bleach wipes for MRSA?
What is the current accepted practice? Thanks!
May 8, '09
I am not an infection control nurse but I will add my
. The hospital I work currently uses a sanitizer gel called Pre-Klenz. It is made by Steris and comes in a yellow bottle. We are to spray this and rinse with water in 5 mins or so. Then we are to use wipe them dry and finally use a bleach wipe that comes in those pop up containers. That is for visibly soiled scissors. I would imagine if they are not visibly soiled an alcohol wipe followed by a bleach wipe would be sufficient. I know some nurses don't even bother to clean their scissors. Sorry that's not very technical, but hopefully you get the idea.
May 8, '09
I use an alcohol wipe. The MRSA deal has never come up. Good question.
May 28, '09
When I worked in SNFs I owned 15+ pair of bandage scissors. I used 1 per person then tossed them in a ziplock bag and ran through the dishwasher at home every night. When you can buy a decent 4" Lister for $4 there isn't a good reason not to have a bunch.
The hospital I work at now, we're not allowed to carry our own scissiors. They all come cleaned & sanitized from central processing are single use per patient and go back.