Collodion Remover Can Degrade Plastic-Containing Medical Devices Commonly Used in the Intensive Care Unit.

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Summary of "Collodion Remover Can Degrade Plastic-Containing Medical Devices Commonly Used in the Intensive Care Unit."

Collodion remover, a solvent blend used to remove collodion glue after long-term video EEG monitoring, was implicated as a potential causative factor in patient safety events at our institution during which damage to plastic components of medical devices was noted in the intensive care unit. We sought to determine experimentally whether collodion remover could lead to degradation of multiple plastic-containing medical devices commonly used in the intensive care unit to determine whether workflow changes were needed during electrode removal. We exposed devices to collodion remover for brief, intermediate, and prolonged durations. We report that collodion remover is capable of degrading the hard plastic components of multiple medical devices after prolonged exposure; however, intermediate duration exposure was also capable of producing damage to clave connectors used with intravenous and central lines, which could plausibly lead to adverse events given the widespread use of these devices. These data suggest a pathway-based approach to collodion remover use might be beneficial in minimizing the potential impact of this solvent on plastic-containing medical devices.


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Name: The Neurodiagnostic journal
ISSN: 2164-6821
Pages: 1-6


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