| FAQ - Sharps Safety/Postexposure Management - Archived Through 2012
Is there a way to disinfect anesthetic cartridges before touching them with sterile gloves?
Remember that the product inside the cartridge is already sterile. Anesthetic cartridges should not be sterilized because exposure to high temperatures can affect the cartridge contents. Application of chemical germicides likewise is not recommended because of the potential for the germicide to leak into the cartridge. Store anesthetic cartridges in a manner that prevents cross-contamination and eliminates the need for disinfection. Contaminated cartridges should be discarded.