CARE OF RUBBER GOODS
Common rubber goods used in hospitals are air cushions, mackintoshes, hot water bags, rubber tubes, catheter, gloves, and rubber beds.
Following points must be considered for care of rubber goods in hospitals.
· Rubber goods should be washed with a mild soap, rinsed thoroughly as soap deteriorates rubber and dried before putting away.
· Rubber should be stores in a cool place, protected from air by an air tight covering of paper or by storing in a tightly covered metal container to prevent rapid oxidation.
· Repeated folding is likely to case cracks
· Sheets and cases of rubber should be rolled or hung over a bar in a cool place
· For cleaning tubing , plenty of cold water should be forced through the tube
· Hot water bags, ice caps and air rings should be partially inflated before being put away.
Care of Rubber Articles after use
· Decontaminate by immersing in a tub of 0.5% chlorine/ sodium hypochlorite /chlorhexidine solution
· Spread the mackintosh on a flat surface and wet it by pouring water on it
· Use a piece of clean cloth or a plastic scrubber to apply soap and wash away the soap using water
· Repeat the above process on the other side
· Dry it in the shade on a dry, horizontal surface by exposing both sides to air
· When dry, powder it lightly with dusting powder and roll it with a paper lining.
Rubber tubes and catheters
1. Hold the rubber tube upside down under running water to let the stream of water run through it.
2. Use stick to remove any organic matter blocking the tip of the tube and eye of the catheter. if needed. Ensure patency
3. Use soap and water to clean the dirt and grease on the surface of the catheter or tube
4. Hang the tubes and catheters to dry in a cool/ shady place
5. After drying, separate similar sized catheters and tube
6. Powder the outer surface using the dusting powder; coil the tube by securing the tip into the broader end
7. Wrap individual tubes and catheters using a piece of thin cloth and boil for 5 minuteš or autoclave.
Hot water bottles, ice cap, air cushion
1. Remove the outer cloth cover of each item after use. Decontaminate the air cushion cover
2. Empty the container, for e.g. remove water from the bottle, ice cubes from the cap and collar.
3. Deflate the air cushion. Clean the outside of the air cushion with soap and water as it may be soiled with fecal matter or urine
4. Wipe the outer surface of the hot water bottle, ice cap, and collar using a piece of clean damp cloth
5. Hang these upside down and let drip dry.
6. Blow air into each of the above mentioned rubber items and close the cap/valv e
7. Check each rubber item for leakage of air or water as the case may be before storing and after each use so as not to cause any harm to client.
8. Store in a cool, dry place
9. Send for laundry and store separately in linen.
1. It is desired that the wearer of the gloves should wash them on the hands just before they are removed to prevent adherence of blood and other organic materials.
2. After removing, wash them with soap. and cold water, first on the outside, then invert and repeat on the inside
3. Rinse well with water the inside and outside as described above.
4. Holes and tears are discovered by submerging the glove filled with air in the water. If there are holes the bubbles will pass up through the water. Separate torn gloves
5. When both sides are completely dry, they are powered inside and outside the packed in pairs of the same size, right and left gloves in glove wrappers.
6. The torn gloves are patched or vulcanized and may be reused.
7. Steam under pressure is the best method of sterilizing gloves. The pressure is kept at a minimum to prevent melting of the gloves.
Ambu bag and face mask
1. Wipe the bag and the rubber part of the face mask using a piece of clean damp cloth
2. Disinfect using a cotton ball soaked in pure salvon or methylated spirit or 70% alcohol.