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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 May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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