The CDC Health Advisory Recommendations
CDC Health Advisory: Immediate Need for Healthcare Facilities to Review Procedures for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices (CDCHAN-00382)
Distributed September 11, 2015
Updated October 2, 2015 (CDCHAN-00383)
On September 11, 2015, CDC issued HAN 00382, alerting healthcare providers and facilities about the public health need to properly maintain, clean, and disinfect or sterilize reusable medical devices. The Health Advisory urged healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, and doctors’ offices) that utilize reusable medical devices to immediately review current reprocessing practices at their facility to ensure the following:
(1) Their facility is complying with all steps as directed by the device manufacturers
(2) Their facility has in place appropriate policies and procedures that are consistent with current standards and guidelines.
On October 2, 2015, after considering feedback, the CDC issued an update to HAN 00382, HAN 00383, that removed a statement related to facilities that contract maintenance and repair of these devices to third-party vendors.
Recent media reports describe instances of patients being notified that they may be at increased risk for infection due to lapses in basic cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of medical devices. These events involved failures to follow manufacturers’ reprocessing instructions for critical and semi-critical items and highlight the need for healthcare facilities to review policies and procedures that protect patients.
- Critical item = (e.g., surgical instruments) objects used to enter sterile tissue or the vascular system and must be cleaned and sterilized prior to reuse.
- Semi-critical item = (e.g., endoscopes for upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, laryngoscope blades) objects that contact mucous membranes or non-intact skin and require, at a minimum, cleaning and high-level disinfection prior to reuse.
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