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.

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...

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Quality Assurance for Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilizers

When is the last time your facility reviewed your Quality Assurance practices for Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VH2O2) Sterilizers? Is your...

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Human Papillomavirus – The New Challenge For Infection Prevention

HLD is defined as the complete elimination of all organisms except for large numbers of bacterial spores. The trophon EPR...

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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...

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Lessons Learned: Questions and Concerns Regarding Safety of Endoscopes and Validity of Manufacturer Guidance

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Endoscope and Chlorhexidine Gluconate Crosswalks: Critical Guideline Review

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Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in hospitalized patients are receiving more scrutiny due to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) patient...