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FW: Epinephrine Waste, Eye Surgery and Basic Saline Sol'n

From: Catherine Zimmer [mailto:zimme053@umn.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 8:48 AM
To: Karl DeWahl
Subject: Epinephrine Waste, Eye Surgery and Basic Saline Sol'n

Hi all,

As you may know, epinephrine is added to saline as a flush in many surgical
procedures.  The unused flush, if epi is the sole active ingredient, is
hazardous waste because epinephrine is P-listed under RCRA. 

Apparently many eye hospitals use epi in BSS (basic saline solution) to
maintain eye structure during surgery.  One hospital I am working with hangs
a 500 cc solution of BSS and epi but only uses about 300 cc, so they have
200cc leftover of P-listed hazardous waste.  They are currently using BSS
solutions from Cytosol, which apparently only has 50, 250 and 500 cc size
bottles.  Is anyone aware of a vendor for opthalmic BSS in 300 cc bottles?
Or any other suggestions for them to reduce the waste from these procedures?

Thanks much for your help!

Catherine Zimmer
Health Care Specialist

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
University of Minnesota
612/624-4635, 800/247-0015

Helping Minnesota businesses maximize resource efficiency, prevent pollution
and reduce costs.


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