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