Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 25, issue 1, P45-76 2011 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2010.11.009 View full text
William A. Rutala, David J. Weber

Abstract: Failure to perform proper disinfection and sterilization of medical devices may lead to introduction of pathogens, resulting in infection. New techniques have been developed for achieving high-level disinfection and adequate environmental cleanliness. This article examines new technologies for sterilization and high-level disinfection of critical and semicritical items, respectively, and because semicritical items carry the greatest risk of infection, the authors discuss reprocessing semicritical items such as…

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