Hello ladies and gentleman,
I was called and asked a question by an Infection control member. They asked if I thought it ok to have some one, say a tech, go and set up our sterile tray and all supplies needed for a PICC line then cover it with a drape to be ready for when the inserter nurse arrives? I believe they are dealing with this issue at another facility and the I.F. people have some concern.
I have never done or been exposed to this. My first answer would be no; because this is left un attended and who knows what is going on with it. I also know that there is some kind of protocol in the OR where you can set something up , and in the event of a delay, it can be used it later. I asked our scrub techs and they said you can set up a sterile field and then if there is a delay you can monitor it and be sure it maintains sterility and then be used within 2 hours.
These procedures and the area where it is being set up ahead of time, is in the radiology area and or the ICU at bedside.
what is your input? Thanks, Gina Ward R.N, CPAN