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Two methods. One solution. Ultrasound probes are high-level disinfected, but their cords are not. How do we keep those separated?

Endo-cavity ultrasound probes, the kind that go inside a patient’s body and come in contact with the mucous membrane, such as transvaginal and rectal ...

Your keyboard may be more nasty than your toilet seat.

Keyboards can be pretty nasty. Everyone knows this, and in central sterile processing they can be downright dangerous, especially in the ...

Protocol Example for Cleaning, High Level Disinfection, and Packaging of Laryngoscope Blades and Handles

The following example of a revised protocol for reprocessing and packaging laryngoscope blades and handles was shared so that it could help others ...

Should Laryngoscope Handles be Covered?

You know that laryngoscope blades must be covered after reprocessing. You likely read about that, heard from a colleague, or attended an educational ...

Missing Chemical Indicators:  Who’s at Fault? How can we Resolve it?

"You forgot to put an indicator in this set, again!" - OR "No we didn't.  There are like six of them in there if you would just look!" - SPD You’ve ...

Considering Switching to Single-Use Laryngoscope Blades?    NOT SO FAST!

Single-use (disposable) laryngoscope blades solve some challenges and present a few others.  Consider the following before making the switch at your ...

Count Us Out!  Preferred Placement and Packaging of Surgical Instrument Count Sheets

Some Central Sterile Processing Departments have placed instrument count sheets inside wrapped sets and ridged sterilization containers for a long ...

Laryngoscope blades in peel packs may not be the right compliance solution

Did you know that the process of packaging laryngoscope blades in a peel pack, or any sealed package, is likely counter to your laryngoscope blade ...

The Joint Commission wants laryngoscope blades covered, but Anesthesia and Emergency Services need them loose. What should we do?

"Our (TJC) surveyor took a (loose) blade out of our anesthesia drawer, LICKED IT, and then tossed it back in the drawer!  We got the point.  Our ...

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