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Tip of the week: Review the CDC's new sterilization recommendations

Hospital Safety Insider, November 19, 2008

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Safety committees may want to discuss a new guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about cleaning and disinfecting the hospital environment.
 
On November 13, the CDC published its long-awaited Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities. This guideline supersedes the relevant sections contained in the 1985 Guideline for Handwashing and Environmental Control.
 
According to the disinfection guideline's executive summary, new topics include:
  • Inactivation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, bioterrorist agents, emerging pathogens, and bloodborne pathogens
  • Toxicologic, environmental, and occupational concerns associated with disinfection and sterilization practices
  • New sterilization processes, such as hydrogen peroxide gas plasma and liquid peracetic acid
  • Disinfection of complex medical instruments (e.g., endoscopes)



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