File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 329

Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:08:17 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Sterile Puppet


My first suggestion was also going to be to find out
if the hospital has an autoclave. The hospital I work
in doesn't, so we battle this kind of thing all the
time. The difference is, we can bring things into
rooms that we use but that the kids don't touch and
that don't touch anything in the room. Still, with BMT
rooms you need to be extra careful and we err on the
side of caution.

I'm assuming that you are planning on leaving a puppet
with your friend so that he can play with it? The
hospital should be willing to help you here. They must
have procedures. Think about all the things that a 
family brings into a room: clothes, food, books,
music, cards, games, toys, flowers. If you can wipe
down a remote control and make it sterile enough for
the room, surely there is a way to sterilize a puppet.

Good luck.

--- Joe Dunfee <> wrote:

> I imagine anything that they can autoclave would be
> workable. So, a 
> sewn puppet should work, provided the materials used
> will be OK with 
> the Autoclave temperatures 250deg F.  But, cloth
> can't be wiped down 
> daily, like a solid puppet could.
> What sort of toys do they recommend?  Perhaps that
> would be a good 
> guide to what they will work with.
> Joe Dunfee
> Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 
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