Medical Equipment

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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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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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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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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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...

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

Reports of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections related to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) duodenoscopes raised concerns among infection prevention experts, federal...

Endoscope and Chlorhexidine Gluconate Crosswalks: Critical Guideline Review

It can be challenging for infection preventionists to find time to comb through the barrage of infection prevention guidelines and...

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...