Tag Archives: ANSI

Point of Use Care Standards and Guidelines from AORN, AAMI, and AST

Operating Room (OR) and Sterile Processing (SP) have a shared responsibility for the care of surgical instruments. The preparation for decontamination begins at the point of use (POU). Nevertheless, many organizations do not follow the guidelines of the current standards. The Joint Commission surveyors have been citing facilities for not following POU care and handling […]

Reprocessing Endoscopes: Are You Wearing Appropriate PPE?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is dedicated attire and equipment for protection against infections materials. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) blood borne pathogen standards, employers must provide proper PPE to its employees and ensure PPE is being used appropriately.1 OSHA is regulatory, therefore if the OSHA standards are not followed a law […]

Patient Safety – It takes a Village

Professionals in Sterile Processing (SP), the Operating Room (OR) and Infection Preventionists (IP) are mostly focused on their particular role in patient care. They infrequently communicate with each other, unless of course there is a question or concern regarding a patient or an instrument set. However, it is extremely important that these professionals work together […]

Standards, Guidelines and Recommended Practice Crosswalks

Writing new or updating established policies and procedures or preparing for the next accreditation’s survey are both daunting tasks. With all the published standards, guidelines and recommended practices around reprocessing Sterile Processing (SP) managers may be baffled on which ones to follow. However, there are many ways to help interpret how these published documents relate […]

Wait! Should We Really Be Processing These? A Closer Look at Properly Processing Put-Ups

Any prudent sterile processing professional knows you must follow the manufacturers’ validated instructions for use (IFU) in order to verify that items can be effectively sterilized.  Manufacturers have very strict rules and regulations that they must follow in order to get approval and clearance to take their products to market. As a sterile processing consultant, […]

Standards, Guidelines or Recommendations: Do We Really Need to Follow Them?

There are many published standards guidelines and recommendations related to reprocessing reusable medical devices. As evidence becomes available, these publications are often updated to reflect most current best practices. So, does that mean we must follow them? Let’s start by discussing what the Association for the Advancement of medical instrumentation (AAMI), the Association of periOperative […]

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