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Sterilization

I work in an office temporarily. What is the correct way to sterilize cassettes? I would think they need to be wrapped and sealed, not open to the elements. Should I say something, or not rock the boat?



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Many offices don’t wrap cassettes if they will be used the same day and will be kept in an enclosed space.
If you are there temporarily, I wouldn’t rock the boat…you could end up temporarily unhappy. 🙂

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If it is going to be used right away after being sterilized it can be run unwrapped since that sterilizes quicker. But if it is going to sit around before being used it needs to be in an autoclave bag to avoid cross contamination. If you see OSHA violations are are unsure if its a violation you should talk to someone about it. You still have ethics to uphold even if you are a temporary employee.

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Sometimes when you are a temp you have to try to adapt to the ways of the office unless there are true violations or conditions you know you can not work under and in that case you should voice your problem. Most offices are willing to help make you comfortable and may even have some sterilization bags you could use while you are filling in!

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Adapt if it’s a temp. situation, unless you’re seeing real violations then you might consider speaking to the OM.

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I do not wrap my cassettes because I immediately set trays up with a protective cover over them. We always wrap surgical and perio cassettes.

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I would mention it in a none threatening way. I was told to keep all packages closed and open them in front of the patient or unwrap and cover right before you bring the patient to your room.

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