APSIC Issues Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization of Instruments in Healthcare Facilities

Ling, et al. (2018) report that the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC) released its revised Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization of Instruments in Health Care Facilities in February 2017. This document describes the guidelines and recommendations for the reprocessing of instruments in healthcare setting. It aims to highlight practical recommendations in a concise format designed to assist healthcare facilities at Asia Pacific region in achieving high standards in sterilization and disinfection.

The guidelines were revised by an appointed workgroup comprising experts in the Asia Pacific region, following reviews of previously published guidelines and recommendations relevant to each section.

It recommends the centralization of reprocessing, training of all staff with annual competency assessment, verification of cleaning, continual monitoring of reprocessing procedures to ensure their quality and a corporate strategy for dealing with single-use and single-patient use medical equipment/devices. Detailed recommendations are also given with respect to reprocessing of endoscopes. Working closely with the institution's infection prevention and control department is also recommended where decisions related to reprocessing medical equipment/devices are to be made.

Reference: Ling ML, et al. APSIC guidelines for disinfection and sterilization of instruments in healthcare facilities. Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control. 2018;7:25