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  • Cross contamination with wipes

    Got into a minor dispute about not using the same pack of wipes used for my bowel for my cathing. Just wanted to be sure this is still the standard? Or is that a non-issue now?

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    I am not sure that there is a reason not to use the same package, other than personal preference not to. You shouldn't be contaminating the package of them, unless you are really not careful. I am assuming you are using these at home?

    ckf
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    • #3
      My Dad does not use the same supplies for bowel and bladder. Too easy to cross contaminate. In fact, I think that was something they ingrained during inpatient rehab. Always keep bowel and bladder separate. So much so, that he does his cathing at the bedside into a urinal rather than risking contamination in a (relatively) dirtier bathroom.

      There is no standard. Just whatever risks you are willing to take and your frequency of problems/infections. My Dad used to have a lot of UTIs.

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      • #4
        Yes, we try to keep all separate. If they changed their gloves etc.. thought to be ok. but the top of the package must be opened. The way the wipes are most of them easy to get just the top one but best practice is to label and use separately if possible .
        CWO
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hlh View Post
          My Dad does not use the same supplies for bowel and bladder. Too easy to cross contaminate. In fact, I think that was something they ingrained during inpatient rehab. Always keep bowel and bladder separate. So much so, that he does his cathing at the bedside into a urinal rather than risking contamination in a (relatively) dirtier bathroom.

          There is no standard. Just whatever risks you are willing to take and your frequency of problems/infections. My Dad used to have a lot of UTIs.

          Yea. I recall the nurses being very adamant about keeping the 2 supplies separate down at the Shepard Center

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