I have yet another question...
In ER yesterday, we had to intubate a patient. anyway, ater all was said and done, I called to have the blades sent for sterilization so I cuold get the crash cart put back in order. Central sterile said that they don't sterilize the blades. The ER nurses are supposed to wash them with SOAP and WATER??!
What are your thoughts on this? Isn"t it a
?? One nurse said to me, "Oh it's just the mouth, everbodys mouths are dirty." But I view this as using the same yankauer on each patient as long as you use soap and water between.. Just seems NASTY!!
Mar 22, '07
Interesting discussion--in our RSI bags and crash carts we have blades lying in the drawers open to air and also other blades in sealed sterile plastic. How's that for a conundrum??!!
Had to edit to say it brings up some good points...I was wondering the other day along these same issues about using alcohol preps to cleanse ports before accessing IVs, and the new nurse in me wants to stick to always wiping ports because it is the right thing to do for the patient....however, I see in codes it does not always happen, yet I can't say it really matters during that sort of situation---I mean, if someone is getting intubated because they are dying
then not wiping a port is the least of their problem.
Do I always wipe ports? Yes, that is how I practice, and I always have wipes in my pocket. Do I think the blades should be sterile? No, I do not think they need to be sterile, but they should be clean---more than soap and water clean.
Good discussion, I am looking forward to all the replies. Sometimes it is tough to reconcile reality with practice.
Last edit by Lurksalot on Mar 22, '07