be achieved prior to handling and sterilization,” states Cole.
“When looking for a higher standard of reprocessing and care,
healthcare professionals have choices for rendering devices
free from all microorganisms,” offers Antonucci. “Liquid
chemical sterilization with peracetic acid can be an option for
heat sensitive devices and in handling instruments with a wide
range of material compositions.”
Proper steps before and after will help keep your patients and
staff healthy, and your facility compliant.
1 CDC Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in
Healthcare Facilities, 2008
2 AIUM Guidelines for Cleaning & Preparing Endocavitary
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When a healthcare facility is considering a third-party device
reprocessing vendor, due diligence is essential in making the right
selection. Medline’s Renewal Full Circle Reprocessing cites the
following as questions to ask in qualifying potential partners for
off-site instrument cleaning, sterilization, maintenance and repair.
How long has the reprocessor been in business?
A proven track record and experience is crucial. It’s prudent to
select a company that’s been operating successfully and is willing
to share its history of regulatory inspection results.
Is the reprocessor registered with the FDA?
Every reputable company registers with the FDA annually and
must provide a list of devices reprocessed in their facility.
How are devices tracked?
A reprocessor should have methods through which to track:
• The number of times a device has been used. A unique mark-
ing process can be employed to identify the usage cycles.
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