In this blog, we aim to recommend preferred methods for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of patientcare medical devices and for cleaning and disinfecting the healthcare environment. We also aim to clarify the critical points in disinfection and cleaning procedures so that risks are minimized and effectiveness is maximized. Maximum effectiveness from disinfection and sterilization results from first cleaning and removing organic and inorganic materials. For this reason, in this blog, we will also review cleaning methods.
There are many different chemical disinfectants for patient-care and equipments such as alcohols, glutaraldehyde (GBL Ref No 06071, 06002), formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, iodophors, ortho-phthalaldehyde (GBL Ref No 06026), peracetic acid (GBL Ref No 06123, 06124, 06127, 06128), phenolics, quaternary ammonium compounds (GBL Ref No 06018, 06160, 06170), and chlorine. We will mainly focus of the chemicals we are using in our products.
The choice of disinfectant, concentration, and exposure time is based on the risk for infection associated with use of the equipment. The sterilization methods discussed include steam sterilization, ethylene oxide (ETO), hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, and liquid peracetic acid (GBL Ref No 06123, 06124, 06127 and 06128). If you use properly these cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization processes, you can reduce the risk for infection associated with use of invasive and noninvasive medical and surgical devices. However, for these processes to be effective, you must adhere strictly to the cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization recommendations in this blog and to instructions on product labels.
We will talk about new topics such as
- inactivation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, bioterrorist agents, emerging pathogens, and bloodborne pathogens;
- toxicologic, environmental, and occupational concerns associated with disinfection and sterilization practices;
- disinfection of patient-care equipment used in ambulatory settings and home care;
- new sterilization processes, such as liquid peracetic acid; and
- disinfection of complex medical instruments (e.g., endoscopes).
With this blog, we aim to train our distributors marketing and sales people, management staff of the hospitals. We assume that professionals working in disinfection field such as infection control nurses already aware of the procedures and strictly follow it.
We are influenced and we profit by several international organisations publications for our blog content such Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/about/organization.htm), World Health Organisation (http://www.who.int/en/), some universities and some international medical device companies. We will of course refer to their works when time will come.
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