One of the common concerns when beginning an IPH program concerns the use of Biohazards in the OR suite. Protocols and standards are typically in place already in your OR.
 

  • Many hospitals deal with biohazards in the Operating Room. For example: Bladder cancers and certain eye conditions (wet AMDs) are treated with fluids and pharmaceuticals in the OR. Most hospitals have already established an environmental policy to process the biohazards from these procedures.

  • The Association of PeriOperative Nurses website has many articles and guidelines for environmental concerns in the OR, including a specific RN hotline to deal with questions.

  • The Pharmacy Department in the Hospital will know the disposal and containment methods for many of the waste streams created during perfusion applicaitons.