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4 Medical Instrument Mistakes to Avoid That Can Cause Serious Infections

4 Medical Instrument Mistakes to Avoid That Can Cause Serious Infections

A visit to the hospital can be scary. It is not easy to visit the hospital when people are sick or if they need surgery. The patients need to be assured that they will be taken cared of. It is the responsibility of the hospitals to be extra careful while treating their patients so that there are no big surgical errors. One of the most important things is to be careful with the instruments that are being used. If there is any negligence in that area, it can cause serious problems which, in some cases, can be fatal.

Here are some of the serious dangers that a patient can be exposed to if the doctors and the hospital staff are not careful with the medical instruments they use.

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1. Dangers of spreading disease with non-sterile instruments

It is very important that all of the surgical instruments are clean and free of germs. If any of the medical instruments are not sterile, then it cannot be used in an operation theater. If you want the instruments to qualify for the surgery, then make a hundred percent sure that the instruments are sterilized. These instruments can be responsible for causing an infection. Non-sterile instruments can result in cross-contamination as it can transfer germs from one patient to another. It is possible that it can cause infection which can be incurable in some cases.

2. Protect the medical instruments from contaminated emergency rooms

There is always a lot of traffic in and out of the emergency room. The instruments go through so many different hands that they can become contaminated easily. If anyone has touched the surgical instruments, you need to make sure that they are cleaned before they enter an operation theater. If a surgical instrument gets contaminated, then the germs are constantly multiplying on it. To make sure that the contaminated surgical instruments do not lead to any fatal infections, you need to sanitize the instruments just before the surgery. In this way, there will not be any chance of infection.

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It is possible that a non-sterile instrument can result in spreading viruses or harmful bacteria. When a person is sick or is going through surgery, he or she has a vulnerable immune system. Because of this, even the smallest contamination can lead to fatal infections.

3. Count your surgical instruments before and after surgery

Leaving surgical instruments inside a body after surgery is more common than you think. If the instruments are left inside the body for a long time, they can cause some serious infection. There are hospitals where it is essential to count all the surgical instruments before and after surgery so that, if there is any mistake made, it can be corrected on the spot. If an instrument such as a scalpel is left inside the body, it can also cause damage to other internal organs. So it is important to do an inventory of all the medical instruments you are using in the OR.

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4. Safe usage of syringes and needles

The needles and syringes and any other medical instrument which have a sharp edge is known as “sharps” in the medical world. Using them carefully is imperative because if not, they can become the means of spreading serious infections and diseases. The first thing that you should do after using any kind of sharps is to dispose of it properly. Sharps disposal is critical because under no circumstances are you supposed to use them again. You should put them in the sharps disposal container immediately after use.

Disposing of them immediately is important because used needles can cause serious diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B or C which are very dangerous. Use the proper containers for disposal because they are made up of plastic that is resistant to puncturing and there is no chance of any leakage. Putting them in the trash with other waste is not the proper way of disposal.

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These are just some of the consequences that a person can face if the medical instruments are not used carefully.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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