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1 Standardizing Cidex® OPA Use For Direct Users 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

2  This module is applicable to direct users of Cidex OPA® Tia Gonnella 4/1/12

3  To ensure correct Cidex® OPA guidelines are followed:  OSHA  Manufacturer guidelines  Infection Control  Safety  Compliance Tia Gonnella 4/1/12

4  To Standardize the use of Cidex® OPA within the system including:  Safe Use  Labeling  Testing  Soaking  Documentation  Spill Protocol 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

5 Personal Protective Equipment  Always use PPE when handling Cidex® OPA  Placing probe into Cidex OPA®soak container  Removing probe from soak container  Testing solution/strips  Changing solution 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

6 Cidex bottles were laying on side in drawer when one leaked. These stains are permanent and can occur on clothing, skin, nails, hair, transducers, or any contact surface. This is one of the things PPE protects against. 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella Cidex OPA® Stain

7 Cidex OPA® leaked inside drawer staining surface. 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella Cidex OPA® Stain in drawer

8  Ventilation ◦ GUS station  Location of soak container ◦ Low traffic area/secured from public access ◦ Well ventilated room ◦ Labeled containers 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

9  PPE ◦ Gloves, gown, mask, eye protection  Neutralize spilled solution with Glute-Out® ◦ Wait five minutes before pouring down drain, allow water to run for a few minutes ◦ You do not have to neutralize unused solution in container prior to disposal (spills only)  Rinse containers until water runs clear ◦ Cap and dispose of old bottle in trash 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

10  Original Bottle (not ‘in-use’ solution) ◦ Expiration Date (75 days from opening) ◦ (mm/dd/yy)  Soaking containers (‘in-use’ solution) ◦ date poured (mm/dd/yy) ◦ expiration date (EXP mm/dd/yy) (14 days) 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

11  Secondary soaking containers ◦ Must be labeled “Cidex® OPA” ◦ A warning sign must be visible to patients ◦ An additional label must indicate it is a hazardous chemical  Obtained through Central Supply A thermometer must be used to obtain accurate solution temperature 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

12  Appropriate label for health hazard level one  NFPA rating: ◦ Health: 1 flammability: 0 reactivity: 0 ◦ OSHA.GOV 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

13  Cidex® OPA Test strip containers ◦ Must be labeled with  date opened (mm/dd/yy)  expiration date of 90 days from date opened (mm/dd/yy) (make sure original “lot” exp date is not sooner than 90 days, use the earlier exp)_ 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

14  Cidex® OPA solution must be tested: ◦ Every new bottle of solution opened  With 3 full strength and 3 controls (half filled with cidex half filled with water ) ◦ Before soaking probe (every time)  Test strips must be tested: ◦ each new bottle opened ◦ Weekly QA (3 full strength/3 controls) 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

15  Opening ◦ Mark the date on the bottle in space provided ◦ Mark the expiration date (90 days from date of opening) in space provided  Perform control test for ◦ each new bottle opened ◦ On a weekly QA basis 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

16  Submerge test strip in solution for one second, do not shake or swirl  Remove excess solution by standing the strip upright on a paper towel.  Read results at 90 seconds. ◦ Do not read past 90 seconds the results will be invalid. Pad will be completely purple to indicate effective solution. If any blue remains on the pad, the solution is ineffective and must be discarded.  Advanced sterilization products (2012) retrieved 7/26/2012 from opa/features-and-benefits 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

17  Results:  Advanced sterilization products (2012) retrieved 7/26/2012 from opa/features-and-benefits 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

18  Follow same instructions for 3 full strength cidex tests and 3 controls (half water half cidex) ◦ Test strip should fail for control/mark control in comment field ◦ Highlight row on log sheet for QA tests  Tightly recap test strip bottle after each use.  Discard any unused test strips 90 days after bottle is originally opened. 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

19 ◦ Record in log book  Date (mm/dd/yy)  Date solution activated/expired  Date test strips expire  Date of test  time of test start (hh:mm:ss)  time of test end (hh:mm:ss)  Must include seconds to demonstrate compliance  temperature of solution  results (pass or fail)  Time equipment placed in solution/taken out of solution (hh:mm) 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

20  Must have submersible thermometer to test temperature of solution  SOLUTION TEMPERATURE ◦ Cidex® OPA solution must be at least 20  C/68  F to be effective 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

21  Thoroughly remove gel from probe ◦ Use sani-wipe/alternative to remove proteins  dry  Insert probe into solution-use clip to hold transducer to avoid breakage of scan head  12 minutes to high-level disinfect  Must be removed after 12 minutes (use timer)  Mark on log sheet time in/time out of solution 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

22  Before soak: ◦ Test solution ◦ Thoroughly remove gel from probe ◦ Use Sani-wipe/alternative to remove protein ◦ Dry probe prior to soak 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

23  After Soaking in Cidex OPA®  Remove probe from solution place in fresh water  Wait one minute, remove (place on towel) ◦ Replace water ◦ Repeat two additional times Three separate one-minute soaks in fresh potable water WATER MUST BE CHANGED AFTER EACH ONE MINUTE SOAK Dispose of final rinse water after third rinse—do not leave standing water in soak container 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

24  Use Cidex® OPA Log Sheets  Documentation required for ◦ Cidex® OPA solution control test performed on each newly opened bottle ◦ Cidex® OPA test strips control test 3/3 for each new bottle of test strips opened ◦ Cidex® OPA solution -test prior to soaking probe (after every pelvic patient) ◦ QA weekly control test on test strips 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

25  Must include: ◦ Container number (where applicable) ◦ Date of solution poured into container (mm/dd/yy) ◦ Date of soak container solution expiration (mm/dd/yy) 14 days ◦ Expiration date of test strips (mm/dd/yy) ◦ Date of test (mm/dd/yy) 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

26 ◦ Temperature of solution ◦ Time test started (HH:MM:SS) ◦ Time test ended (HH:MM:SS) ◦ Results ◦ Initials of person testing ◦ Time equipment placed in solution/time out (HH:MM) 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

27 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella Log sheet

28 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella Log sheet cont.

29  PPE (gown, gloves, mask, and eye protectant)  No deactivation required (spills only) ◦ Dispose down sink drain with water running ◦ Rinse original container until water runs clear and discard 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

30  All Cidex OPA® documents are available for technologists’ access in MEDEX under Cidex OPA® Packet ◦ Log sheets ◦ Competency forms ◦ Guidelines for use/spill clean up/QA testing ◦ Procedures ◦ Safety information 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

31  Refill solution to fill line  Label Containers  Test Solution 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella

32 4/1/12 Tia Gonnella References OSHA (2006) Best Practices for the Safe Use of Glutaraldehyde in Health Care. Retrieved from


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