Tag Archives: Operating Room

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 […]

Sound the Alarm! CDC and FDA Alert on Reprocessing in Healthcare Facilities

    On September 11, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) distributed a Health Alert to all healthcare faculties that reprocess reusable medical devices. This includes hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, and doctors’ offices that utilize reusable medical devices. The alert is a response […]

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