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does any one have a policy on patients suspected to have cjd coming into the o.r?

While I don't have a policy for you, I can suggest you contact someone at NINDS, specializing in cjd, they can probably help you....

Good Luck!

There is an AORN chapter in San Antonio Texas that has a lot of good info and they have a policy and procedure on their web site.

I believe AORN is working on standards for this that will be coming out soon. I heard this am not certain this is true.

In your address box put San Antonio AORN chapter

If you can 't find it e-mail me and I will look it up for you.


We don't do neurosurgery, so it isn't a big issue where I work, but our standard is that any instrument that comes into contact with CNS tissue is thrown away.

Specializes in All Surgical Specialties.

You throw away CNS contaminated instruments?:eek:

In theory we would discard any instrument that comes into contact with possibly infected (i.e. brain or spinal cord) tissue. Given that we don't do neuro we'd have bigger problems than what to do with instruments if we find ourselves poking around in brain. I'm not sure what the policy is at larger Army hospitals that do perform neurosurgery.

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