Reply To: BMT ice

  • Nancy Noonan

    November 27, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    In reply to your question about sterile ice.  No, we do not require sterile ice for BMT patients.

    Our ice machine is routinely checked for integrity and as a potential source of infection.


    After 20 years of this practice, we have had zero infections traced to the ice machine.





    Nancy A Noonan MS, RN, PCNS-BC, BMTCN

    Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Blood & Marrow Transplantation Program


    UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

    747 52nd Street, Oakland CA  94609

    Ph: 510.428.3885 ext 2835 / Pager: 510.718.0268 / Fax: 510.597.7169




    ——Original Message——

    Hi APHON friends,

    Quick question:  Does your institution make/give BMT patients sterile ice?  If so, how do you do this?

    Thank you in advance,

    Lauren C. Mayer BSN, RN, HNB-BC, BMTCN, CLSSBB-BC
    Quality Improvement Clinical Leader
    Hematology / Oncology / Blood and Marrow Transplant
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Columbus, OH