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Protocol for Disinfecting Healthcare Equipment

OnDemand Webinar (85 minutes)

Proper disinfection and sterilization of medical equipment is essential to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections.Nationwide reports of patients developing Clostridioides difficile or Candida auris infections from medical equipment has concerned healthcare employees in hospitals, long term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers and dialysis centers. Serious pathogens can contaminate multiple items used in the care of patients. This topic will help both front line workers and managers understand the mode of transmission of pathogens from equipment to themselves and their patients. The content will cover current standards for cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization. Implementation of an effective cleaning program will be discussed.

Authors

Barbara A. Smith, RN, BSN, MPA, CIC, FAPIC, St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Agenda

Healthcare Environment as a Vector for Infections

• Infections Transmitted by the Environment

• Outbreaks Related to Healthcare Equipment

• Spaulding Classification of the Risk for Infection of Environmental Surfaces and Healthcare Equipment

Methods for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization

• Manual vs. Automated Methods

• Advantages/Disadvantages of These Methods

• Special Circumstances and Populations

Implementing an Effective Cleaning and Disinfection Program in Your Facility

• Training and Competency

• Employee Safety Concerns

• Monitoring Efficacy of the Program