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Archive Infection Control 2013

Dealing With Fluid Waste Management's Uncertain Future

We're standing behind our recalled direct-to-drain system — for now.

Sandy Berreth, RN, MS, CASC


waste management GRIN AND BEAR IT Staff at the Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center love direct-to-drain fluid management, despite the current turmoil surrounding the facility's units.

We've had to recently revamp our protocols for managing fluid waste, but the changes have been far from an improvement. Our multi-specialty surgery center uses the Neptune Silver, which is at the center of the FDA-mandated recall due to patient injury and death caused by a surgical team that used the unit improperly. When news of the recall first broke, we were informed that the Silvers could still be used as long as we posted warnings on the units and jumped through a series of regulatory hoops that are, to be honest, fairly onerous and a major inconvenience. But before hearing about the recall mess, you must first understand why the prospect of going without direct-to-drain systems was so alarming to our staff.

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