Sterilization/Disinfection

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Joint Commission offers new blog for infection preventionists

Editor's Note A new blog from the Joint Commission on Infection Prevention & Control covers experiences, case studies, and news for infection preventionists. The latest blog post details the BoosterPak for High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization processes, which is applicable to hospitals, critical access hospitals, plus ambulatory and office-based surgery settings.…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 14, 2016
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Cleaning verification tests boost confidence in instrument decontamination

Even when recommended cleaning and disinfection protocols are followed, residual contamination of instruments is possible, researchers have found (OR Manager, November 2016, 1, 10-11). Visual inspection can catch some signs of contamination, but it won’t reveal problems within channels and other areas of complex medical devices. That’s why it’s important…

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By: OR Manager
November 14, 2016
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Dirty scopes persist despite cleaning protocol compliance

Recent outbreaks of deadly infections linked to flexible endoscopes have made headlines, and the Food and Drug Administration has issued strict guidelines for reprocessing these devices. However, cleaning and disinfection may not be effective under the recommended protocols, says Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, epidemiologist and president and chief executive officer,…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
October 17, 2016
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Action steps for safe use of reprocessed single-use medical devices

In the United States and globally, the use of reprocessed medical devices labeled and marketed by their original equipment manufacturers as “for single use only” has become commonplace. Large health systems have saved many millions of dollars annually and diverted many hundreds of tons of medical waste by using reprocessed…

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By: OR Manager
October 17, 2016
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Air Force Academy alerts patients to improperly processed endoscopes

Editor's Note The Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colorado) is notifying 267 patients from the school’s medical clinic and the Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System that they are at risk of infections from improperly processed gastrointestinal endoscopy equipment, according to the September 21 MilitaryTimes. Air Force officials say…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 27, 2016
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Three steps forward: Designing a superior sterile processing system

It is easy to overlook the sizable effort required to ensure that instrumentation and supplies are available to surgeons in the OR when needed, in the right amount, and in the right condition. Though sterile processing may not be the most glamorous element of a hospital or surgery center, it…

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By: OR Manager
September 2, 2016
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2016 IAHCSMM Conference: A comprehensive CS learning experience

More than 1,200 individuals from the US and abroad attended the 2016 annual conference of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) in San Antonio, Texas. The conference, which covered sterile processing techniques, management skills, and regulations, also provided numerous networking opportunities. Preconference educational events included IAHCSMM’s…

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By: OR Manager
August 8, 2016
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Process improvements raise SPD standards and quality

When audits revealed areas of deficit in the sterile processing departments (SPDs) of the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, leaders pulled together a team to help implement a quality improvement plan. By analyzing and standardizing their processes, creating auditing tools, and educating staff, they significantly increased quality scores throughout…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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11 deaths at Huntington Hospital were patients infected by dirty duodenoscopes

Editor's Note An investigation by the Pasadena Public Health Department, Pasadena, California, into the outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial infections from duodenoscopes found that 16 patients at Huntington Hospital were infected from January 2013 to August 2015, including 11 who have now died, the June 1 Los Angeles Times reports.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 2, 2016
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Risk factors linked to CRE transmission via contaminated duodenoscopes

Editor's Note In patients having endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with a contaminated duodenoscope, biliary stent placement, a diagnosis of bile duct cancer, and hospital inpatient status were independently associated with an increased risk of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) transmission, this study finds. The findings were based on data from a 2015…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 27, 2016
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