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Disinfection and sterilization

Nizam Damani

in Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Third edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199698356
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732126 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698356.003.0006
Disinfection and sterilization

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Contaminated medical and surgical devices may serve as vehicles for the transmission of infection to susceptible hosts. Therefore, it is important that all health care facilities have a comprehensive disinfection policy to ensure that re-usable medical items and equipment are adequately cleaned, disinfected, and/or sterilized before use on patients as per manufacturers' instructions and in accordance with the local policy and/national guidelines. This chapter discusses chemical disinfectants and antiseptics, decontamination of endoscopes, and environmental cleaning.

Keywords: decontamination; medical devices; surgical devices; infection prevention; disinfectants; antiseptics; environmental cleaning

Chapter.  14074 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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