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Looking to the standards to address flash sterilization

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, April 1, 2008

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Editor's note: This feature explores problematic Joint Commission standards with expert advice from BOJ advisors. This month, Elizabeth Di Giacomo-Geffers, RN, MPH, CNAA, BC, a healthcare consultant in Trabuco Canyon, CA, discusses challenges surrounding medication management and black box labels.

When looking at a facility's use of flash sterilization, any number of standards could apply. The appropriate standard to consult is entirely situational. Infection control would be at the forefront-IC.2.10, IC.3.10, IC.4.10, and IC.5.10 would all have some bearing on the process-but Leadership standards are also important in this situation.

Flash sterilization: Overused?

Under LD.2.20, EP.2.10, we see that The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) requires that "leaders hold staff accountable." When you have an issue, you have to look at the role leadership plays in it.

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