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Methods of cleaning and disinfection

Methods of cleaning and disinfection

British Journal of Theatre Nursing 3(10): 12-4, 27-9

Most equipment associated infection is due to inadequate cleaning and disinfection and not a failure in sterilisation practices. The method of disinfection chosen should depend on the risks associated with the procedure undertaken, the heat, pressure and chemical tolerances of the item and the time available for processing. Heat disinfection or sterilisation is preferred but if the item is heat sensitive, chemicals may have to be used. It is important that the process selected is effective against patient associated organisms and opportunistic pathogens present in the environment. The most effective stage of any decontamination procedure is thorough cleaning and this should accompany or precede all disinfection procedures. Automated processors offer the safest, most reliable option, providing they are suitably monitored and maintained and that staff wear appropriate protective clothing.

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