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Guidelines for Table Top Sterilizers

Medical advances have led to an increased use of unconventional health care sites, such as offices, ambulatory-care centers, dental and other specialty clinical settings. Clinical or office-based practices may differ greatly from hospitals in their education and training of reprocessing employees and the physical design. ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017b Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance […]

Sterilization and High-level Disinfection Guidelines: Should be Based on Current Evidence

Recently, physician societies have published their own guidelines for reprocessing instruments and equipment (e.g., gastroenterology and ophthalmology). These guidelines are very confusing and somewhat disconcerting to expert reprocessing professionals for the following reasons:   Those physician created guidelines did not go out for public comments, leaving no chance of input from reprocessing experts. Some recommendations […]

Joint Commission: High-Level Disinfection (HLD) and Sterilization BoosterPakTM

  The Joint Commission (TJC) has created several Standards BoosterPaks.  These are searchable documents that provide specific information about TJC standards associated with a high volume of non-compliance scores in the health care field. The BoosterPaks were created for accredited organizations and staff within TJC to improve the understanding and consistency of standards interpretation. BoosterPaks […]