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Touching eyes: Disinfecting ophthalmology devices

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, March 27, 2020

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By Brian Ward

The Quick Safety, Issue 49 advisory from The Joint Commission (TJC) was released in May 2019, and tells providers to do a better job sterilizing medical devices that touch patients’ eyes. This includes eye specula, YAG laser lenses, and tonometers. Improperly cleaned, these devices can spread infections such as herpes and HIV into a patient’s eye.

“We will continue to evaluate the processing of these devices as we always have,” said Robert Campbell, PharmD, director for medication management at TJC. “Organizations should be certain to understand the expectations for processing these devices.”

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