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Equipment Safety Procedure

Policy:
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:

Procedure:
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.