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    Jude Searles
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    Jude Searles

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    Hi Folks
    A quick question. Our current policy on safe handling and disposal of sharps states “…All intravenous therapy lines should be disposed of in a rigid sharps bin, spikes are not to be cut off…”. I’m getting push back from some staff who feel the line should be able to be cut so only the chamber and spike gets discarded in the rigid sharps container. What does your policy recommend?

    Cheers

    Jude Searles RN
    Infection Prevention & Control
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    Dialysis Clinical Lead
    Cohuna District Hospital
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    Terry Grimmond
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    Terry Grimmond

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    Hi Jude,
    This is a controversial Q. Cutting a line to reduce volume for disposal is not recommended for two reasons (i) most jurisdictions require sharps to be disposed of immediately after use and without manipulation, and in addition, (ii) you are using a sharp to cut a line of a sharp.
    I recommend that where lines are being disposed, always ensure you use an SC with a large vestibule to make disposal of the line easier.

    Kind regards, Terry

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    Hi Folks
    A quick question. Our current policy on safe handling and disposal of sharps states “…All intravenous therapy lines should be disposed of in a rigid sharps bin, spikes are not to be cut off…”. I’m getting push back from some staff who feel the line should be able to be cut so only the chamber and spike gets discarded in the rigid sharps container. What does your policy recommend?

    Cheers

    Jude Searles RN
    Infection Prevention & Control
    Co-ordinator Undergraduate Education
    Dialysis Clinical Lead
    Cohuna District Hospital
    Committed to Excellence in Rural Healthcare
    148-155 King George Street, Cohuna, Victoria, 3568
    T: Wk: (03) 54565300, Mob: +61409235654, Fax: (03) 5456 2627
    E: jsearles@cdh.vic.gov.au W: http://www.cdh.vic.gov.au
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