Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Alcohol hand gel in OR?

Do you have/allow alcohol hand gel in your operating room?


Maine Healthcare Engineers said...

Yes, it is mostly used by the anesthesia department. It is located up by their work area.

Maine Healthcare Engineers said...

Nelson Collins, CFI, Assistant State Fire Marshal:

From NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 2006 edition. This section does not prohibit the cleaner from the OR.* Alcohol-Based Hand-Rub Dispensers. Alcohol-based hand-rub dispensers shall be protected in accordance with 8.7.3, unless all of the following conditions are met:

(1) Where dispensers are installed in a corridor, the corridor shall have a minimum width of 6 ft (1830 mm).

(2) The maximum individual dispenser fluid capacity shall be as follows:

(a) 0.32 gal (1.2 L) for dispensers in rooms, corridors, and areas open to corridors

(b) 0.53 gal (2.0 L) for dispensers in suites of rooms

(3) The dispensers shall be separated from each other by horizontal spacing of not less than 48 in. (1220 mm).

(4) Not more than an aggregate 10 gal (37.8 L) of alcohol-based hand-rub solution shall be in use outside of a storage cabinet in a single smoke compartment.

(5) Storage of quantities greater than 5 gal (18.9 L) in a single smoke compartment shall meet the requirements of NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code.

(6) The dispensers shall not be installed over or directly adjacent to an ignition source.

(7) Dispensers installed directly over carpeted floors shall be permitted only in sprinklered smoke compartments.