ESP: Lint From SPD in My Patient

A discussion on the complications that arise when lint from SPD contaminates a patient.

Lint. So little I can hardly see it. Even if it did get in the patient, it’s soft, it’s sterile, and it will probably dissolve in a few days; right? No way! Most fibers will never dissolve. The patient’s body will work hard to prevent the foreign invader from harming the rest of the body. If deposited in the bloodstream, a blood clot forms trying to trap the lint. If in the surgical wound, inflammatory response tries to kill the fibers. White blood cells consume the particle forming a white barnacle-like granuloma. Adhesions like spider webs try to tie-down the lint. Unfortunately, adhesions contract causing pain and even strangling vital organ functions.

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  • Central Sterile/Sterile Processing 0.5 CH

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