May 17, 2017

Consider a sterilization subject matter expert to increase compliance

By: Susan Klacik, BS, ACE, CHL, CRCST, FCS

Compliance with sterilization and disinfection standards is critical to patient safety, yet Joint Commission surveyors continue to cite healthcare facilities for noncompliance with high-level disinfection (HLD) and sterilization processes during accreditation surveys. Organizations with HLD and/or sterilization breaches during a survey may receive an immediate threat to life or adverse accreditation decision.

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