Archive November 2007 VIII, No. 11

Infection Prevention

How Often Do You Empty Your Suction Canisters?

Nathan Hall

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Best practices for managing such contaminated disposable items as suction containers and tubing necessitate disposal after each surgical or invasive procedure. Do your ORs meet this standard or do you dispose of tubing and canisters on an as-needed basis, citing cost and convenience as reasons why you're less than vigilant when it comes to medical liquid waste management?

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