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.


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.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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