Surgical Suite and Sterile Processing

Outbreaks related to flexible endoscopes have been in the news repeatedly over the last several decades. Most outbreak investigations concluded that inadequate cleaning, improper high-level disinfection procedures, or problems associated with an automated endoscope reprocessor were responsible for the outbreak. However, the more recent outbreaks...

FDA, along with CDC, representatives from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), duodenoscope manufacturers and other experts, has developed voluntary standardized protocols for duodenoscope surveillance sampling and culturing, which updates the CDC interim guidance published in March 2015.  Highlights from the 2018 protocol: Focus: detect...

Although the CDC Guidelines for Isolation Precautions were published in 2007, many questions remain in clinician’s minds when trying to determine if a patient should be placed into precautions.  To add to the confusion, not all hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers place a patient...

Even as advances in modern medicine are eradicating diseases and illness, today's health-care facilities including hospitals are still struggling to reduce or eradicate the many types of hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The pathogens that cause HAI's, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, are introduced into...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all health care facilities seeking CMS financial reimbursement to meet exacting "Conditions of Participation" standards for controlling infections. Within each facility, the Sterile and Materials Processing Department (also known as "sterile supply") is responsible for ensuring...