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Complete Guide to Foreign Body Management

Foreign bodies take on many different forms. They are typically found in the esophagus, also known as foreign object ingestions (FOI), but can also be found in the stomach and rectum. They range from coins, paperclips, and safety pins to a more common type called, food bolus. Food stuck in the esophagus is more common in adults... Read More

Today's SPD Guide to Washing and Decontamination Medical Equipment

Sterilization of medical devices started with the goal of reducing infections. Surgeons were often responsible for the cleaning and sterilization of their own surgical instruments and instruments were sterilized in the Operating Theater. In 1928, the American College of Surgeons realized that this was not the safest... Read More

Surgical Instrument Cleaning Chemistries

Cleaning, which refers to the removal of soil from a medical device or instrument, is a critical step when processing instruments in the sterile processing department (SPD). As the name implies, instrument cleaning chemistries are solutions specifically formulated to aid in the removal of organic and inorganic soils from medical instruments and other devices used during patient procedures... Read More

Lateral Position

One of the four main surgical patient positions, the lateral position is used for procedures that require surgical access to one side of the patient’s body. In the lateral position, the patient lies on one side. Some common procedures... Read More

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