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Disinfection and sterilization guideline and MRSA policy

OSHA Watch, January 1, 2009

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Disinfection and sterilization guideline and MRSA policy

This month, Quality America focuses on the new CDC guideline for disinfection and sterilization and OSHA’s recent Web posting on MRSA prevention and safety.

CDC issues long-awaited disinfection and sterilization guideline

After years in the making, November 13, 2008, saw the CDC publish Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008; it supercedes the 1985 Guideline for Handwashing and Environ-mental Control.

A new section of the guideline addresses disinfection and sterilization of patient care equipment in ambulatory settings. The guideline states that the increasing number of patients with communicable diseases, immunocompromised conditions, or invasive devices seeking care in ambulatory settings creates “the same risk for infection as the hospital” and requires following the Spaulding classification scheme, which is already in Tabs 8 and 5 of the medical and dental OSHA Safety Program manuals, respectively.

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