Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Hand Sanitizer

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Just got a message on my pager.

I accidentally contaminated the sterile field with [brand deleted hand sanitizer] ( that went out of control) --[resident name deleted]

Our hospital has gone to having alcohol based hand sanitizer everywhere, to decrease the spread of infection... there's one on the side of the anesthesia cart. Apparently, the spout had gotten clogged a bit and when she went to pump some on her hands it squirted sideways and hit two people scrubbed-in and the corner of the instrument table... and we're doing a descending thoracic aneurysm repair and they're often super-paranoid (rightfully) so that the artificial graft material doesn't get infected.

Didn't seem the surgeon had flipped out though... probably due to the fact that it's 62% alcohol and probably made the surgical field cleaner.

You can't make this stuff up.

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