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Publish Date: 7/23/2014

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JULY

23  Are loose scrub tops okay to wear? 
16  Who should facilitate the count process? 
09  Is daily monitoring of humidity levels a requirement? 
02  Does wearing gloves replace hand hygiene? 

JUNE

25  What four elements of a gas cylinder should be checked before use? 
18  How often should reusable cleaning materials be changed? 
11  Where should scrubbed team members don sterile attire? 
04  What are the three steps for the prevention of wrong site surgery? 

MAY

28  When should counts of soft goods be performed? 
21  Is it necessary to wear a long-sleeved jacket when performing perioperative patient skin antisepsis? 
14  What is the recommended relative humidity range on a restricted area? 
07  When should hair at the surgical site be removed? 

APRIL

30  Which patient skin antiseptic products are flammable? 
23  Can an unsterile solution be used for a sterile procedure? 
16  Where should the chemical indicators be placed in instrument sets for sterilization? 
09  When are blunt suture needles contraindicated? 

MARCH

26  Why use a chemical indicator with each package sterilized by the hospital? 
19  Are used smoke evacuator filters and tubing infectious waste? 
12  Is it routine to use a pneumatic tourniquet for all extremity procedures? 
05  How long can a hospital-sterilized item be kept on the shelf? 

FEBRUARY

26  Can spray be used to apply cleaning chemicals? 
19  True or False? Test your knowledge of wrapping materials 
12  Can alcohol be used to disinfect large environmental surfaces? 
05  When should a pneumatic tourniquet cuff be selected for the patient? 

JANUARY

29  When should damp dusting of the OR be completed 
22  Are all packaging systems suitable for all methods of sterilization? 
15  What are the four major ways to reduce needlestick injuries in the periop setting? 
08  What should be considered when assessing a patient for tourniquet use? 

DECEMBER

18  Do people have to wear surgical attire after hours when only stocking supplies in the OR? 
11  Can an unsterile solution be used for a sterile procedure? 
04  Does immediately administered medication require labeling? 

NOVEMBER

18  Are cystoscopy and dental procedures considered "clean" procedures? 
11  What is the temperature range for solution warming cabinets? 

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