Accreditation

Joint Commission updates position on steam sterilization

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, September 1, 2009

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After working with multiple professional and trade organizations on the common and proper use of sterilization using steam, the Joint Commission has decided to refocus its survey efforts on all critical processes, including sterilization, according to a recent announcement by The Joint Commission. The accrediting body will consider an effective sterilization method if a complete and effective process of sterilization is used.
Three issues arose during The Joint Commission’s discussion: the terminology used to describe the sterilization process, the indication-related issues that involve the selection of the sterilization cycle or method, and the process-related issues involving the way that a given sterilization method is executed.

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