Title

Ethylene oxide. The importance of aeration

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

3-1-1992

NLM Title Abbreviation

Aorn J

Journal/Book/Conference Title

AORN Journal

PubMed ID

1539958

Abstract

Residual EO on instruments and supplies can cause serious patient injuries. It is imperative that these items be adequately aerated before they are used. Removing instruments prematurely from an aerator is, indeed, "a blatant disregard for patient safety." The perioperative nurse has the responsibility and accountability for patient protection. Preventive measures and alternatives to using improperly aerated instruments have been described. If these measures do not resolve the problem, the surgery must be postponed until adequately aerated instruments are available.

Keywords

Air, Equipment Safety, Ethylene Oxide/adverse effects, Humans, Iowa, Operating Room Nursing/standards, Operating Rooms/standards, Sterilization/methods/standards, Surgical Equipment/standards, United States

Published Article/Book Citation

AORN Journal, 55:3 (1992) pp.773-5, 778-9, 782-3 passim.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1303