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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2017

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M A Y 2 0 1 7 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 5 5 L ow-temperature sterilization is the go-to option for killing infection-causing bac- teria on devices with plastics, lenses and electronic components that would be damaged by the high heat of an auto- The Lowdown on Low-Temperature Sterilization Maximize your use of alternatives to the autoclave when reprocessing heat-sensitive devices. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor Bill Donahue | Senior Editor • WELL EQUIPPED Low-temperature sterilization systems capable of handling a wide range of devices will help staff prepare instruments for the OR in a safe, timely fashion. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR clave. Methods include ethylene oxide (EtO), vapor- ized hydrogen perox- ide, hydrogen perox- ide gas plasma, per- acetic acid and ozone. Nancy Chobin, RN, CSPDM, CFER, the president of Sterile Processing University in Lebanon, N.J., sug- gests you seek answers to these questions before deciding which option is best for your facili- ty: • Does the system's footprint match up with the constraints of the department? • Are there specific safety issues that necessitate additional investments, includ- ing special personal protective equipment?

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