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Train staff on dangers of dry ice, other precautions handling vaccines

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January 7, 2021

by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Now that more COVID-19 vaccines finally are being approved and the U.S. is ramping up immunization programs, educate or retrain workers on handling dry ice and ensure all areas with ultra-cold storage have good ventilation.

Dry ice can cause severe injury and even death if not handled correctly, warned Ramya Krishnan, senior project engineer of device evaluations for ECRI, during the patient safety organization’s online Q&A session in mid-December.

Also ensure anyone who handles the containers in which the vials are specially packaged knows that the vaccine is sensitive to being shaken too hard.

Dry ice can cause severe injury and even death if not handled correctly, warned Ramya Krishnan, senior project engineer of device evaluations for ECRI, during the patient safety organization’s online Q&A session in mid-December. Also ensure anyone who handles the containers in which the vials are specially packaged knows that the vaccine is sensitive to being shaken too hard.



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