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Recovery of Surgical Equipment Sterile Processing During a Floodwater Boil Advisory

  • Stephen Shelton (a1), Jay Hamm (a1), Bankole Olatosi (a2) and R. Ory Johnson (a3)


Excessive rainfall and dam failures resulted in floodwater contaminating our public water supply. The endotoxin risk in the contaminated water created challenges in recovery of sterile processing for our surgical equipment. Recovery plans should include a potable water source and a method to connect it to the required location. We share our solution of plumbing our sterile processing equipment to tanker-transported potable water sources. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2018; 12: 415–418)


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Correspondence and reprint requests to Stephen Shelton, Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness, Department of Emergency Medicine, Palmetto Health Richland, 14 Medical Park, Suite 350, Columbia, SC 29203 (e-mail:


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Recovery of Surgical Equipment Sterile Processing During a Floodwater Boil Advisory

  • Stephen Shelton (a1), Jay Hamm (a1), Bankole Olatosi (a2) and R. Ory Johnson (a3)


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