Tag Archives: reprocessing

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 […]

Every Facility Needs a Processing Subject Matter Expert

There are many reasons why issues with sterilization or high-level disinfection of reusable medical devices are in the news headlines, as well as, a large focus in an accreditation survey.  There have been numerous reports of inadequate knowledge or competency, poor documentation, lack of following specific instructions for use (IFU) and not complying with current […]

Reprocessing CJD Contaminated Instruments

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is one of many neurological diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) caused by a unique class of infectious proteins. When infected with TSE-causing prions, the brain develops tiny holes much like a sponge and the result is fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the incidence of […]