Tag Archives: Decontamination

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 […]

Point of Use Care for Surgical Instruments: A Hot Button for Surveyors

Care and handling of surgical instruments is a shared responsibility between the Operating Room (OR) and Sterile Processing (SP) personnel. Research has proven that preparation for decontamination must begin at the point of use (POU). However, many facilities are not following the guidelines. Surveyors from accreditation organizations such as The Joint Commission are citing facilities […]

Don’t Process What You Can’t Clean

It has been proven repeatedly that if an item is not properly cleaned it cannot be effectively reprocessed.  Healthcare professionals know, “If it isn’t clean it can’t be sterilized or high-level disinfected”.  The first and most important step in reprocessing reusable medical devices is thorough cleaning and rinsing. So how is cleaning defined? Let’s look […]

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