The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Recommended Practices for Cleaning and Care of Surgical Instruments and Powered Equipment is open for public comment through Aug. 24, 2014 (log-in required).
These recommended practices provide guidance for cleaning, including point of use cleaning, selecting cleaning chemicals, and determining water quality for surgical instruments. Guidance is also provided for decontaminating, transporting, inspecting and care of surgical instruments. Information is included for processing laryngoscope blades and handles, ophthalmic instruments, and taking special precautions necessary to minimize the risk of transmission of prion diseases from contaminated instruments. The use of personal protective equipment that must be worn during cleaning and care of instruments is also addressed.