July 20, 2021

New term clarifies instrument point-of-use treatment

What exactly is required to prepare instruments for transport to the decontamination room after a surgical procedure? Point-of-use cleaning, which may also be referred to as precleaning, has been used to describe instrument preparation at the point of use after a surgical procedure. But both point-of-use cleaning and precleaning have been misunderstood, and because the steps taken at the point of use are so important, standards and guidelines are adopting one term that better defines the actions to take at the point of use.

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