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CDC HEALTH ADVISORY – Immediate Need for Healthcare Facilities to Review Procedures for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices

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This is an official
CDC HEALTH ADVISORY

Immediate Need for Healthcare Facilities to Review Procedures for
Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices

Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are alerting healthcare providers and facilities about the public health need to properly maintain, clean,  and disinfect or sterilize reusable medical devices. Recent infection control lapses due to non-compliance  with recommended reprocessing procedures highlight a critical gap in patient safety. Healthcare facilities  (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, and doctors’ offices) that utilize reusable medical devices are urged to immediately review current reprocessing practices at their facility to ensure they (1) are complying with all steps as directed by the device manufacturers, and (2) have in place appropriate policies and procedures that are consistent with current standards and guidelines.

Andrea Leapley, MPH
Hepatitis Coordinator
Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County
205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 824-6932 x6987
Email: andrea.leapley@flhealth.gov

 Click here to review  the latest CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory Message that was issued on September 11, 2015 regarding the cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing of reusable medical devices.

 

 

 

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