Archive December 2017 XVIII, No. 12

Ideas That Work: Don't Double-Bag Sharp Instruments

instrument protectors PROTECTIVE POUCH Instrument protectors keep instruments from poking through the peel pack during sterilization.

Don't Double-Bag Sharp Instruments

I've seen many techs double-bag sharp instruments in peel packs, worrying that the sharpness will poke through the plastic during sterilization. This is obviously against standard procedures. The solution is simple: Place sharp instruments in instrument protectors that feature a transparent pouch that secures the tip of the instrument, keeping it from poking through a single bag during the sterilization process. Plus, there's an added bonus — the protectors will keep the instrument open in the bag, making the sterilization far more effective.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Infection Control Consulting Services
Delray Beach, Fla.

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