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    Sterilize 60 cc syringe

    I've recenty started using a foley catheter and I think its a good practice to do an irrigation in the morning when I start passing mucous etc. I have read where KLD suggest using a dishwasher for reusing them. I don't have one.
    What about stove top boilng? How hot would the water have to be. This is a plunger syringe, would it get distorted. After boiling how should it be stored.
    FYI, I would not use the hot water faucet in my 100 year old house. The water around the toilet rim is black and I can't get rid of it. Heavy metals?
    One more thing. I dont plan on using the syringe more that 3 or 4 times. I get 3 a month.
    Thanks, Dan
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    Bob Seger

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    Autoclaving, as used in hospitals and clinics "sterilizes" with steam pressure at 121°C for 20 minutes. Without this equipment, at best, you will be highly "disinfecting" the syringes by boiling for 20 minutes and then placing them in a clean zip lock bag. If you want to use a "clean" technique, you can wash the syringes with soap and hot water and/or soak in alcohol, then rinse and air dry between clean paper towels.

    What do you use to irrigate the catheter/bladder? You might consider reading the thread on microcyn/vetericyn/puracyn (M/V/P) and using it to irrigate or instill in your bladder. M/V/P is super-oxidized water, sometimes called EOW—electrolyzed oxidizing water. It kill bacteria, viruses and fungus.
    Link: ttp://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=133414
    According to proponents of M/V/P, you would only need to use a clean syringe.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    I wash it with hot water and soap, then put it in a 1:4 bleach:water solution overnight.

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    I do irrigation / instillation w/ a neosporin solution on a daily basis. The nurse at my urologist recommended cleaning with alcohol / water mix and air dry. ( sorry i can't remember the ratio alcohol/water).

    Partially from being lazy and already having too much disability equipment to manage I went to buying syringes out of pocket and it's worked out well for me in reducing incidence of UTI's and using a new sterile syringe daily.

    I get boxes of 25 syringes with cath tip @ 8.99 per box. It's from a Vet supply but I don't see any differences form Med syringes I have paid more for.

    This is one site I use to purchase.
    http://www.shopmedvet.com/product/ve...es-and-needles

    It's been worth it for me to spend more money because the results have been about 70% decrease in UTI's.

    Not an answer to your cleaning question but another option to consider.
    good luck

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    Either putting the syringe in a bleach solution or an alcohol solution overnight would be best, as stovetop boiling will distort the plunger for sure. I would use alcohol as it smells a lot better. Just be very careful around it with flame/cigs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChesBay View Post
    I do irrigation / instillation w/ a neosporin solution on a daily basis. The nurse at my urologist recommended cleaning with alcohol / water mix and air dry. ( sorry i can't remember the ratio alcohol/water).

    Partially from being lazy and already having too much disability equipment to manage I went to buying syringes out of pocket and it's worked out well for me in reducing incidence of UTI's and using a new sterile syringe daily.

    I get boxes of 25 syringes with cath tip @ 8.99 per box. It's from a Vet supply but I don't see any differences form Med syringes I have paid more for.

    This is one site I use to purchase.
    http://www.shopmedvet.com/product/ve...es-and-needles

    It's been worth it for me to spend more money because the results have been about 70% decrease in UTI's.

    Not an answer to your cleaning question but another option to consider.
    good luck
    THANKS ALOT. This is a no brainer. I have been UTI free for along time, but I do want to irrigate every other day OR so to be on the safe side.
    Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
    Bob Seger

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChesBay View Post
    I do irrigation / instillation w/ a neosporin solution on a daily basis. The nurse at my urologist recommended cleaning with alcohol / water mix and air dry. ( sorry i can't remember the ratio alcohol/water).

    Partially from being lazy and already having too much disability equipment to manage I went to buying syringes out of pocket and it's worked out well for me in reducing incidence of UTI's and using a new sterile syringe daily.

    I get boxes of 25 syringes with cath tip @ 8.99 per box. It's from a Vet supply but I don't see any differences form Med syringes I have paid more for.

    This is one site I use to purchase.
    http://www.shopmedvet.com/product/ve...es-and-needles

    It's been worth it for me to spend more money because the results have been about 70% decrease in UTI's.

    Not an answer to your cleaning question but another option to consider.
    good luck
    chesbay,
    are they individually packed like med syringes., I mean are they sterile ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinshin View Post
    chesbay,
    are they individually packed like med syringes., I mean are they sterile ?
    Yes, individually wrapped and sterile. 25 per box.

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    If you have to reuse them, cleaning them with bleach and water is probably the best way to go. Boiling will make them distorted.

    If you can swing using a sterile one each time, that is probably the best way to go. However, since you are at home, and I am assuming that you are handling your own equipment, clean technique is the second best way to go.

    CKF

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChesBay View Post
    Yes, individually wrapped and sterile. 25 per box.
    thnx chesBay.
    guys,,please contribute if u know any places for cheap n best syringes. btw is the 60cc max that we can get ?

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