Sterile prep pads versus non-sterile prep pads
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding healthcare professionals the difference between sterile and non-sterile alcohol prep pads and the safety implications of using each.
The FDA released a press release on February 1 indicating that healthcare professionals should be vigilant in checking prep pad labels to decipher whether they are sterile or non-sterile. A non-sterile pad should not be used to prep patients before a procedure that needs certain sterility measures, for example, when a patient is having surgery, receiving a catheter, or has a depressed immune system.
Karen Weiss, MD, director of the Safe Use Initiative at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in the press release that because patients in hospitals are more vulnerable to contracting infections, the FDA recommends sterile antiseptics, such as the sterile pads, be used in hospitals.
How does your facility educate healthcare professionals on the use of sterile or non-sterile prep pads?