Efficacy of Disinfection/Sterilization in Health Care Facilities Influencing Factors:
Sterilizing contaminated instruments is an essential component of an effective infection-control program to protect both patients and health care staff. Reusable medical devices, including surgical instruments that enter normally sterile tissue or the vascular system require sterilization before each use. Improperly sterilized or contaminated medical devices utilized in patient care can contribute to surgical-site infection and pose a serious risk to the patient's safety and welfare and can result in a serious life-threatening infection or even death.
Source: Infection Control Today
Guidelines & Recommendations
The following recommended practices for Sterilization were developed by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Recommended Practices Committee. These recommended practices are intended as guidelines adaptable to various practice settings.
For further explanation of these recommended practices, please visit www.aorn.org
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