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MEDSource, Inc. Newsletter March 2018

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March 2018 – Planning and implementing Bioskills labs cover many different areas, and one of the most important things to remember is mitigating health and safety risks for all the participants. Whether you are the device company conducting the training, or the lab facility hosting an event, here are some general health and safety guidelines to keep everyone safe and protected.

Lab Guidelines:

  • Use surface disinfectants for countertops, lab tables, floors and equipment, including power cords
  • Have sufficient supply of table drapes, tape, etc. to keep things covered and clean
  • Check electrical connections on all power equipment
  • Ensure cords and equipment are placed out of walking paths
  • Make sure there is sufficient lighting overall and at each station
  • Make sure there is appropriate ventilation when specimens are present
  • Use smoke evacuation to remove surgical smoke
  • Keep cadaver tissue covered when not in use
  • Know who to contact with facility problems or questions

Participant Guidelines:

  • All staff and lab participants should use surgical soap or hand sanitizers
  • Use exam gloves when handling cadaver tissue or waste material
  • Do not eat, drink, or touch your face while in the lab
  • Wear closed toe shoes
  • Wear appropriate PPE (gown, gloves, protective eyewear, face shields, shoe covers, hair cover)
  • Remove PPE when leaving the lab for breaks or lunch, and put on fresh PPE when returning
  • Dispose of all scalpel blades and others sharps in red SHARPS containers
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Wash hands and exposed skin immediately upon leaving a lab where cadaver tissue is exposed
  • Notify the Lab Manager or on-site lab representative of any cuts or injuries that occur while working in the lab

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