Top 10 Essentials for Effective Instrument Cleaning

April 19, 2013    |   By: Calevir

Top 10 essentials for effective instrument cleaning from the ECRI Institute PSO:

  1. Provide adequate trained staff, facilities, and resources for the sterile processing department.
  2. Standardize and simplify procedures in all areas where instruments are reprocessed.
  3. Monitor the quality of instrument reprocessing through post-cleaning inspections.
  4. Seek input from reprocessing department staff on instrument and equipment purchases.
  5. Limit the operating room’s dependence on immediate-use sterilization.
  6. Establish delivery criteria for loaned instruments and prohibit immediate-use sterilization of them.
  7. Require regular competency assessments of staff who reprocess instruments.
  8. Foster collaboration and teamwork among reprocessing department and operating room staff.
  9. Recognize and respect the contribution by reprocessing staff to patient safety and quality care.
  10. Encourage prompt reporting of events or near misses involving contaminated instruments.

Read the full article at “Infection Control Today“.

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