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Table 1 Ricarimpex recommendations for leech storage

From: Leech management before application on patient: a nationwide survey of practices in French university hospitals

- Sterile jar (or clean) closed with a sterile gauze
- Water storage: either mineral water, mountain spring water or distilled water with Hirudo salt
- Change water at least once a week or in case of troubled water
- Temperature of storage between + 4 and + 20 °C in a dark place
- Conserve the batch number and do not mix leeches from different batch numbers