Current Audio Seminar:
2016 Medical Reprocessing Issues & Solutions
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 media reports describe instances of patients being notified that they may be at increased risk for infection due to lapses in basic cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical devices. These events involved failures to follow manufacturers’ reprocessing instructions for critical and semi-critical items and highlight the need for healthcare facilities to review policies and procedures that protect patients.
This self-study seminar is designed to highlight the current challenges associated with instrument sterilization and high-level disinfection in the SPD, and discuss recommendations for addressing those issues.
Upon completion, participants will be able to...
- Identify recent CDC and FDA alerts regarding improper reprocessing of reusable medical devices in healthcare facilities
- Explain the CDC and FDA recommendations for what actions healthcare facilities should take.
- Discuss issues and solutions for healthcare facilities complying with these recommended actions.