g. Change Disinfecting Solution. After the required time for disinfecting the
thermometers has passed, carefully pour the disinfecting solution from the basin into the
sink. Then add new disinfecting solution to the basin. Make sure that the new solution
covers the thermometers completely. (This new solution will remain in the basin after
the thermometers are removed. The solution can be used to disinfect the next group of
thermometers. If no thermometers are disinfected within 24 hours, discard the solution
and make a new solution when needed.)
h. Rinse and Replace Thermometers in Container. Thermometers are
removed from the basin, rinsed, and placed in the "clean" container one at a time.
Pick up a thermometer at the stem end and lift it out of the disinfecting
Pick up a gauze pad that was soaked in cool water.
(3) Wipe the thermometer completely with the gauze pad. Begin at the
stem end and proceed toward the bulb. Wipe the bulb thoroughly. All of the disinfecting
solution must be removed because some patients are allergic to the solution.
Drop the gauze pad into the waste container.
Dry the thermometer (stem end to bulb) with a dry gauze pad or paper
(6) Place the thermometer (bulb end down) into the container marked
"clean." Make sure that oral thermometers and rectal thermometers are not placed in
the same container. The thermometers are now ready for reuse.
i. Return Materials. Return disinfecting supplies to their proper storage place
(see your SOP). Deliver the thermometer tray to the appropriate location so that it can
be used (see your SOP).