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Am J Infect Control. 2013 May;41(5 Suppl):S67-71. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2012.10.031.

Assessing the risk of disease transmission to patients when there is a failure to follow recommended disinfection and sterilization guidelines.

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Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. dweber@unch.unc.edu

Abstract

Medical devices that enter body tissues should be sterile, whereas devices that contact mucous membranes should be high-level disinfected between patients. Failure to ensure proper cleaning and sterilization or disinfection may lead to patient-to-patient transmission of pathogens. This paper describes a protocol that can guide an institution in managing potential disinfection and sterilization failures.

PMID:
23622753
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2012.10.031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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