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Question rinsing eyes in lab

1 month 3 weeks ago #41689 by Doolally
In our labs we have a piece of tubing that fits on a tap to rinse pupil's eyes with when necessary.
This was used in a class earlier today and there was water everywhere leading me to think that there was something wrong with their technique.
Does anyone know of a video that demonstrates the correct rinsing procedure?

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1 month 3 weeks ago #41691 by AndyG
Can't help with 'correct' technique but we rinse over the sink using a gentle stream, most of which will end up in the sink. If that isn't possible, we don't care about water on the floor and just irrigate as required - health is more important than having to find a mop.

One thing we have done is made hoses at least 75cm long so that individuals *can* be irrigated other than over the sink - eg if there's a leg burn or someone is in a wheelchair.
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1 month 3 weeks ago #41693 by Doolally
It wasn't so much the cleaning up just whether they were having the tap turned on too high.

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1 month 3 weeks ago #41695 by AndyG
A dribble of water for ten minutes makes one big puddle!

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1 month 3 weeks ago #41697 by Kasey

AndyG wrote: Can't help with 'correct' technique but we rinse over the sink using a gentle stream, most of which will end up in the sink. If that isn't possible, we don't care about water on the floor and just irrigate as required - health is more important than having to find a mop.

One thing we have done is made hoses at least 75cm long so that individuals *can* be irrigated other than over the sink - eg if there's a leg burn or someone is in a wheelchair.


Just going to replace my irrigation hoses for longer ones.....
(What a good idea!)

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1 month 3 weeks ago #41699 by AndyG
Not so much my "idea" but the logical result of a quick witted teacher physically sitting a student beside a sink to wash their leg! Sometimes minor incidents and the subsequent annoyance of revisiting of risk assessments and procedures does throw up the most obvious solutions :-)
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1 month 3 weeks ago #41701 by Baldilocks
High flow rates are for putting out fires.
Low flow rates, or even intermittent 'squirts' are more comfortable for rinsing corrosives or cooling burns.

Ian

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1 month 3 weeks ago #41702 by AndyG
I agree with that. Eye irrigation can be painful with cold water anyway so keeping the pressure low helps.
One thing that can be good is if, after initial controlled irrigation, the 'patient' has at least some control of the hose rather than the teacher for the longer term irrigation. The level of stress is much lower.

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