It's been given an official name, COVID-19, and will likely become known as SARS-CoV-2, when all is said and done.

Researchers Study Effectiveness of Cleaning and Disinfectant Products on C. diff Spores

June 6, 2017

In healthcare facilities, Clostridium difficile infections spread by transmission of bacterial spores. Appropriate sporicidal disinfectants are needed to prevent development of clusters and outbreaks. In this study by Kenters, et al. (2017), different cleaning/disinfecting wipes and sprays were tested for their efficacy against spores of distinctive C. difficile PCR ribotypes.

IC in Care Series: Sterile Processing

June 2, 2017

The sterile processing department (SPD) can be one of the more challenging environments in which to uphold infection prevention and control principles. As an example, the decontamination area of the SPD can pose a significant threat to its technicians "because of the numerous and unknown microorganisms that pass through," confirms Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPM, a sterile processing educator and consultant. "In addition, there is the potential for a sharps injury due to sharps that are handled in this area as well such a towel clips, etc.," she says.

Use of Chemical Indicators Should Reflect Standards

May 23, 2017

Q:  I have been using steam tape to place indicator on paper i.e., count sheets, and instrument bags inside of surgical trays before sterilization. I have been doing this for a number of years. My manager informs me that you cannot use steam tape to hold an indicator in place, be-cause "there is no way to validate that the tape is sterile after sterilization." Please clarify or give justification for this statement.

FDA to Develop Accreditation System for Testing Labs

May 23, 2017

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is reporting that with a new set of Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV) making their way through Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is getting a

Professionalism, Continuing Education is Every CS Employee's Responsibility

May 5, 2017

Some central service (CS) professionals find comfort in knowing their chosen discipline provides them with a secure “job.” The fact is, though, that the dynamic, fast-paced and ever-evolving realm of CS/sterile processing delivers a challenging, yet rewarding career filled with rich opportunities for growth and advancement.