Are you doing everything you can to protect patients, yourself, and staff from the hazards
of potentially infectious fluid waste in the OR?
Hospital acquired infec- tions are a constant concern. They harm
both the patient and/or the staff
member who was exposed. They
also have a very negative financial
impact on the hospital.
How often are we asked if
we are doing everything we
can to protect our patients, and
ourselves as healthcare workers,
from the hazards of a hospital
One area where technology is
rapidly advancing is in the collection and disposal of infectious
fluid waste from the OR. But, as technology
continues to advance, we must make sure our
requirements for safety keep pace.
Potentially infectious fluid waste is one of
the most challenging hazards in our job, every
day. The dangerous days of pouring open canisters into the hopper are numbered (
thankfully!), so we must find safe ways to collect and
dispose of infectious fluid waste from the OR.
The closed, cart-based fluid collection systems
offer a safe approach to fluid collection and
disposal, especially compared to the tradition
of canisters and hoppers.
Regardless of which manufacturer makes the cart system
that is used in your OR, there
are a few important guidelines
you should follow to ensure
your system is safe for you, your
patient, and the staff.
In my opinion, here are the
four most important attributes of
a cart-based fluid waste management system:
• Closed System
• Thorough Cleaning Process
• Air Filtration