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Equipment Safety Procedure

It is the policy of Mahaska Health Partnership that storage, handling, and disposal of equipment and supplies to ensure client safety are outlined as follows:

I. Medical/Surgical Supplies

A. Storage area isolated from children, pets, and activity. This area should be free of excessive heat, water, dust, and contamination. Store new supplies
behind old to assure timely rotation.

B. Handling - should be handled by professional staff, client, or caregiver who has been taught proper use. Avoid tearing/damage. Do not use if there are signs of contamination or the expiration date has passed.

C. Disposal instruct client/care giver that all dressing materials, disposal equipment, tubing, etc., should be bagged, firmly secured, and placed in the trash. Sharps will be placed in a puncture-resistant container and returned to the hospital.

II. Durable Medical Equipment

A. Storage will be in use in the patient care area. Equipment should be stored in a convenient area easily accessible but not obstructive to clear pathways
around the patient area. All electrical equipment should be in an area protected from excessive moisture.

B. Handling follow manufacturer guidelines as presented by the durable medical equipment representative. Make sure all electrical equipment is grounded.

C. Disposal - rental equipment will be returned to the durable medical equipment dealer. Purchased equipment disposal is at the discretion of the patient/care giver.

III. Oxygen
A. Storage oxygen should be kept away from open flames and heat. Tubing should not be allowed to come in contact with stoves, space heaters, and baseboard heating coils.

B. Handling should be handled only by people who have been instructed by a respiratory therapist, nurse or durable medical equipment company representative. Cleanliness standards for all access to equipment must be
maintained as instructed.

C. Disposal tubing that has been replaced can be double-bagged, firmly secured, and placed in the trash. All other equipment will be removed by the durable medical equipment dealer.

IV. Needles and Syringes
A. Storage cool, dry place secure from children and pets.

B. Handling check for signs of damage or contamination. Instruct patient/care giver in proper use. Obtain return demonstration of patient/care giver's competence in use before allowing total independence in this activity.

C. Disposal place in puncture-resistant sharps container and return to hospital.