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Elimination of immediate-use steam sterilization of radioactive seed implants.
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PMID:  23622824     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Immediate-use steam sterilization (IUSS) was routinely used to prepare radioactive seeds for use in elective urology cases at an urban academic medical center. In an attempt to eliminate this practice, the senior clinical nurse queried educators from nearby facilities about their practices for processing these implants and met with all stakeholders to identify concerns and explore acceptable alternatives. After rejecting the alternative of having central sterile processing personnel sterilize the seeds, a project team conducted a trial by using manufacturer presterilized seeds. After the trial and subsequent evaluation, the team decided to convert to using presterilized seeds for all procedures. The incidence of immediate-use steam sterilization for nonemergent brachytherapy procedures was reduced from an average of three per month to zero.
Marie S W Wells
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AORN journal     Volume:  97     ISSN:  1878-0369     ISO Abbreviation:  AORN J     Publication Date:  2013 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372403     Medline TA:  AORN J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  515-20     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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Copyright © 2013 AORN, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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