May 25, 2017

Joint Commission: Safety update on improperly sterilized, HLD equipment

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

The Joint Commission on May 24 issued a new Quick Safety update on improperly sterilized or high-level disinfected (HLD) equipment, which continues to be a frequently scored noncompliant standard (IC 02.02.01).

The update includes expanded safety actions to help leaders oversee sterilization and HLD processes and ensure that staff are properly trained and have the resources to adequately perform critical functions.

The most vulnerable locations for lapses in sterilization and HLD of equipment are ambulatory care sites, including office-based surgery, and decentralized locations in hospitals, even though the data show higher noncompliance rates for critical access hospitals and hospitals, the Joint Commission says.

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