Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization

Exposure to germs on medical instruments and surfaces in healthcare settings can lead to illness in both patients and healthcare professionals.

 

Appropriate disinfection and sterilization practices can help prevent healthcare-associated infections. All invasive procedures involve contact by a medical device or surgical instrument with a patient’s sterile tissue or mucous membranes. The level of disinfection or sterilization is dependent on the intended use of the object.

Ultrasound Use and Reprocessing: Snapshot of Current Practice and Launch of a Toolkit for Infection Preventionists

The symposium addresses important issues in ultrasound probe reprocessing through a focus on a set of practical tools developed by...

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Tru-D’s One Placement, One Cycle and One Solution Approach to UV Disinfection

More than a decade ago, Tru-D was the first to bring to market a UVC disinfection robot capable of precisely...

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Bundled HAI Prevention: Comprehensive Strategies for Reducing Infections

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) cost health care facilities billions of dollars each year, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control...

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The importance of contact time and visible wetness to ensure effective disinfection

This article highlights challenges to effective cleaning and disinfection in healthcare and describes the importance of using surface wetness during...

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Video: Expansion of Ultrasound in Healthcare: Challenges and Solutions for Infection Prevention in Sonography

This On Demand video presents the latest results of the first large scale USA survey of IPs on ultrasound probe...

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Curbing the Infection Risk of Healthcare Garments

Evidence is mounting that workers’ garments carry pathogens out of healthcare facilities and inadequate domestic laundering brings them in. While...

Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk – A Call to Action

To reduce the risk of ultrasound probe cross infection, it is important to know when to perform the high level...

Expansion of Ultrasound in Healthcare: Challenges and Solutions

To reduce the risk of ultrasound probe cross infection, it is important to know when to perform the high level ...

The Truth About Disinfectant Contact Time

When it comes to preventing disease transmission in healthcare settings, surface disinfection is one of the most impactful tools in...

What’s new? Strategies for Healthcare Environment Infection Prevention

Environmental factors are a significant source of disease transmission in healthcare settings, from direct contact with contaminated surfaces to pathogens ...

Just Because You are Using a Disinfectant, Doesn’t Mean You are Disinfecting

Health care-associated infections (HAI) remain a major cause of patient morbidity and mortality, costing the US economy billions of dollars...

A Review of Sterilization Methods and Recommended Monitoring Practices

“A Review of Sterilization Methods and Recommended Practices for Healthcare Facilities PART II: Terminal Low Temperature Sterilization” is a 1.0...

Setting a New Standard for Ultrasound Probe Disinfection

The Spaulding classification system1 classifies ultrasound probes that contact mucous membranes or non-intact skin, as semi-critical medical devices. The Centers...