September 23, 2019

Is point-of-use treatment an integral part of your sterilization process?

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

Providing sterile instrumentation for patient care is a basic fundamental of surgery, and ensuring sterility means that instrumentation must first be thoroughly cleaned, step by step. Point-of-use treatment, an important part of this process, is gaining the attention of accrediting agencies such as the Joint Commission, and it is included in several recent standards and guidelines. This article presents an overview of point-of-use treatment and offers resources to help clinicians avoid compromised instrument sterility.

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