So You Want to Become Latex-Free?
From top to bottom, how one facility rid its ORs entirely of latex in 3 short months and how you can, too.
Caryn Solomon, RN
A red rubber catheter. Would you believe that that's the only supply that we couldn't find a latex-free alternative for when we converted our hospital-based surgical center to a latex-free facility in October 2009? The ENT doctor who used the red rubber catheter in his tonsil cases now uses a flexible suction catheter instead, so technically, yes, we're 100% latex-free. We switched everything from medication vials although many of the rubber stoppers on vials still contain latex today to Penrose drains to breathing bags for our anesthesia machines to IV tourniquets to gloves.
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