2015 Year in Review: Disinfection & Sterilization

2015 Year in Review: Disinfection & Sterilization

Here's a review of ICT's top news, features and slide shows relating to disinfection and sterilization in 2015.

Here's a review of ICT's top news, features and slide shows relating to disinfection and sterilization in 2015.

Features

Identifying and Combatting Surgical Instrument Misuse and Abuse
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/11/identifying-and-combatting-surgical-instrument-misuse-and-abuse.aspx

Ensuring Competence in the Decontamination Room
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/11/ensuring-competence-in-the-decontamination-room.aspx

SPD, OR Staff Play Equal Roles in Ensuring Case Turnover and Transition
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/08/spd-or-staff-play-equal-roles-in-ensuring-case-turnover-and-transition.aspx

FDA Panel Seeks Answers About Effective Reprocessing of Endoscopes
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/08/fda-panel-seeks-answers-about-effective-reprocessing-of-endoscopes.aspx

Tackling the Tough Issues Related to Flexible Endoscopes: A Q&A with Sharon Van Wicklin
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/08/tackling-the-tough-issues-related-to-flexible-endoscopes-a-qa-with-sharon-van-wicklin.aspx

Conflict Schedule Checker: A Tool for SPD Instrument Management
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/05/conflict-schedule-checker-a-tool-for-spd-instrument-management.aspx

Latest Outbreak Reminds Us of Reprocessing Imperatives, Prompts New and Pending Guidance
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/05/latest-outbreak-reminds-us-of-reprocessing-imperatives-prompts-new-and-pending-guidance.aspx

Mitigating Risk When the Unthinkable Happens
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/05/mitigating-risk-when-the-unthinkable-happens.aspx

Perspectives columns

Encouraging Excellence in the Central Sterile Department
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/10/encouraging-excellence-in-the-central-sterile-department.aspx

Advice on Explanted Implants
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/10/advice-on-explanted-implants.aspx

Reflections on My First 18 Months as a Sterile Processing Technician
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/08/reflections-on-my-first-18-months-as-a-sterile-processing-technician.aspx

CS Certification: Why You Shouldn't Wait for Your State
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/05/cs-certification-why-you-shouldnt-wait-for-your-state.aspx

SPD Dialogue columns

Staff Compliance with Manufacturers' Instructions is Not Optional
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/11/staff-compliance-with-manufacturers-instructions-is-not-optional.aspx

Advice on Cleaning Rigid Containers
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/09/advice-on-cleaning-rigid-containers.aspx

Follow Policies and Procedures for Rigid Container Filters
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/08/follow-policies-and-procedures-for-rigid-container-filters.aspx

Advice on CJD and Instrument Reprocessing
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/07/advice-on-cjd-and-instrument-reprocessing.aspx

Processing a Device That Lacks an IFU
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2015/06/processing-a-device-that-lacks-an-ifu.aspx

News

FDA Orders Recall for All Custom Ultrasonics Automated Endoscope Reprocessors
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/11/fda-orders-recall-for-all-custom-ultrasonics-automated-endoscope-reprocessors.aspx

Dirty Endoscopes Top ECRI Institute's 2016 Technology Hazards List
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/11/dirty-endoscopes-top-ecri-institutes-2016-technology-hazards-list.aspx

CBSPD Certification Examinations Receive Full Accreditation
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/11/cbspd-certification-examinations-receive-full-accreditation.aspx

FDA Orders Duodenoscope Manufacturers to Conduct Postmarket Surveillance Studies in Facilities
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/10/fda-orders-duodenoscope-manufacturers-to-conduct-postmarket-surveillance-studies-in-facilities.aspx

Update on Need for Facilities to Review Procedures for Disinfecting, Sterilizing Reusable Devices
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/10/update-on-need-for-facilities-to-review-procedures-for-disinfecting-sterilizing-reusable-devices.aspx

Immediate Need to Review Procedures for Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sterilizing Reusable Devices
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/09/immediate-need-to-review-procedures-for-cleaning-disinfecting-and-sterilizing-reusable-devices.aspx

FDA Issues Alert on Infections Associated with Reprocessed Flexible Bronchoscopes
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/09/fda-issues-alert-on-infections-associated-with-reprocessed-flexible-bronchoscopes.aspx

Endoscopes Still Contaminated After Cleaning, Study Shows
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/08/endoscopes-still-contaminated-after-cleaning-study-shows.aspx

FDA Panel Acknowledges Safety Risk with Duodenoscope Reprocessing
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/05/fda-panel-acknowledges-safety-risk-with-duodenoscope-reprocessing.aspx

Study Examines Storage Time of Endoscopes
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/05/study-examines-storage-time-of-endoscopes.aspx

ECRI Institute's 2015 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns Include Inadequate Endoscope Reprocessing
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/04/ecri-institutes-2015-top-10-patient-safety-concerns-includes-inadequate-endoscope-reprocessing.aspx

Experts Convene to Set Priorities for Preventing Infections Associated With Endoscopic Procedures
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/04/experts-convene-to-set-priorities-for-preventing-infections-associated-with-endoscopic-procedures.aspx

Investigators Report on CRKP Associated with Duodenoscopy
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/03/investigators-report-on-crkp-associated-with-duodenoscopy.aspx

FDA Releases Final Guidance on Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/03/fda-releases-final-guidance-on-reprocessing-of-reusable-medical-devices.aspx

CDC Issues Interim Duodenoscope Surveillance Protocol
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/03/cdc-issues-interim-duodenoscope-surveillance-protocol.aspx

SGNA Offers Safety Steps to Guard Against CRE Transmission Through ERCP Procedures
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/03/sgna-offers-safety-steps-to-guard-against-cre-transmission-through-ercp-procedures.aspx

ECRI Institute Advises Culturing of Duodenoscopes to Help Reduce Risk of Deadly Infections
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/03/ecri-institute-advises-culturing-of-duodenoscopes-to-help-reduce-risk-of-deadly-infections.aspx

FDA Issues Safety Alert for Duodenoscopes
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2015/02/fda-issues-safety-alert-for-duodenoscopes.aspx

Slide Shows

Sterile Processing Best Practices
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/galleries/2015/09/sterile-processing-best-practices.aspx

Supplemental Measures to Enhance Duodenoscope Reprocessing
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/galleries/2015/08/supplemental-measures-to-enhance-duodenoscope-reprocessing.aspx

ICPIC 2015: Disinfection & Sterilization Abstracts
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/galleries/2015/07/icpic-2015-disinfection--sterilization-abstracts.aspx

Reprocessing Medical Devices in Healthcare Settings
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/galleries/2015/03/reprocessing-medical-devices-in-healthcare-settings.aspx

Protocol for Detecting Bacterial Contamination of Duodenoscopes
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/galleries/2015/03/protocol-for-detecting-bacterial-contamination-of-duodenoscopes.aspx

Duodenoscopes and the Dangers of Improper Reprocessing
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/galleries/2015/02/duodenoscopes-and-the-dangers-of-improper-reprocessing.aspx

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