Allright Sports Med Nurses polling for some advice

  1. What are you guys using to preventing fluid going all over the floor during Arthroscopy cases (Especially Shoulder and Hip)? Our draping systems are woefully inadequate so inevitably I wind up cleaning up lake erie after every case.

    I use a Puddle Guppy, however the fluid flow is so unpredictable that I rarely get the device where the issue is.

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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   mikethern
    If the puddle guppy ain't working, use the old fashioned method. Throw folded blankets onto the floor to soak up fluid.

    By the way, always wear eye protection when circulating on an arthroscopy. I once got used saline in my eye when picking up tubing off the floor.
  4. by   Rezidentura
    Yeah, been there done that, The problem with that is you wind up with 40 lbs bags of linen and the Linen people don't like that (Or 5 8lb bags etc...)


    Any others, Bring em on!
  5. by   ebear
    Do your drapes have a built in pocket to hold the fluid? It has a device on the end that can be connected to suction. Sorry, I only know of the Puddle Guppy too...and 4 cannister tandem suction.
  6. by   Rezidentura
    Quote from ebear
    Do your drapes have a built in pocket to hold the fluid? It has a device on the end that can be connected to suction. Sorry, I only know of the Puddle Guppy too...and 4 cannister tandem suction.
    Yeah We've got the fluid pouches and We use a Stryker Neptune fluid management device which holds 20 liters of fluid. We do the Arthro RCR, Bankart, Slap yada yada repairs and the pouches never really quite work completely. I've used the suction mats but they suck and I don't mean just literally.

    Maybe I'll need to do some inventing or something.
  7. by   TracyB,RN
    I'm guessing the Puddle Guppy is like "The Snake" floor suction???

    Absorbomats & having tandem suction & extra cannisters ready to go seems to work for me.
    A few of our docs will use the pouch & a cysto bucket to collect any excess fluid.

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