Tag Archives: SGNA

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 […]

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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