What do you do with the bone cement vials after opening them?

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  • Specializes in OR RN Circulator, Scrub; Management. Has 22 years experience.

We were talking today about the practice of putting the glass bone cement vials into a empty saline or water bottle and closing it up to avoid the 'fumes' permeating the room. In our discussion the ? was asked is this safe? Could there be a gas build up or small explosion/popping of the bottle? Any thoughts~~

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springchick1, ADN, RN

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I'm guessing you are talking about after it's been used. If you do that, you run the risk of it being tossed out with regular trash. It has to go in the sharps box. The way I see it, you are going to have fumes regardless so why bother?

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

When you are finished with the vials, put them into a small basin/bowl and hand it to your circulator. The circ should then dispose of the vials in the sharps box, just as aubgurl mentioned.