December 1, 2009

CMS clarifies use of flash for ASCs

By: OR Manager

Routine sterilization of unwrapped or uncontained loads is inappropriate and should be cited as a violation of the government's infection control requirements for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). But an ASC that properly uses short sterilization cycles for wrapped/contained loads should not be cited, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified in a memo to state surveyors September 4, 2009.

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