Decontamination is a process or treatment that renders
a medical device, instrument, or environmental surface safe to
handle. Decontamination is, according to OSHA, “the use of physical
or chemical means to remove, inactivate, or destroy
surface or item to the point where they are no longer capable of
transmitting infectious particles and the surface or item is
rendered safe for handling, use, or disposal” [29 CFR 1910.1030].
Proper cleaning of instruments or devices involves a multi-step
process, which includes: Presoaking,
shelf-life. See other
recommendations on decontamination at www.cdc.gov. See also “Guideline for Disinfection and
Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008”.
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your patients and staff from the spread of harmful communicable
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Internal CI’s should be used within
each pouch or package, tray, or container. Class 5
Integrators should be used in conjunction with
physical monitoring and biological indicator
testing for verifying the efficacy of a
sterilization system. (See AAMI ST79:2006)
Recordkeeping is a must for all
sterile processing departments. This ensures
accountability and allows operators to trace
errors to their source. Tips on sterilizer
maintenance and technical advice are included with