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Manager's Guide to Infection Control - May 2016

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4 4 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E M A Y 2 0 1 6 Y ou know the drill: If an instrument isn't properly cleaned, it can't be properly sterilized. But the problem with the decontamination process is that each instrument might require a different set of cleaning instructions, and even the cleaning agents themselves can have considerable variations. When you add in the need to scrub tiny nooks and crannies on complex tools, it can make the task seem downright impossible. Focusing on the following factors can help standardize the process, make cleaning easier for your reprocessing techs and help reduce the risk of human error. 1. Point-of-use cleaning Decontamination should always start at the point of use. At our hospital, after 5 Tips for Better Instrument Decontamination • WASHING MACHINE Investing in automation helps standardize the decontamination process. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN Removing variables and automating the process are the keys to better cleaning. Peter Daigle | Farmington, Conn.

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