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Am J Infect Control. 2013 May;41(5 Suppl):S60-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2012.09.028.

New developments in reprocessing semicritical items.

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Hospital Epidemiology, University of North Carolina Health Care System, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7030, USA. brutala@unch.unc.edu

Abstract

Semicritical medical devices are defined as items that come into contact with mucous membranes or nonintact skin (eg, gastrointestinal endoscopes). Such medical devices require minimally high-level disinfection. Because many of these items are temperature sensitive, low-temperature chemical methods must be used rather than steam sterilization. Strict adherence to current guidelines is required because more outbreaks have been linked to inadequately cleaned or disinfected endoscopes undergoing high-level disinfection than any other medical device.

PMID:
23622752
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2012.09.028
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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