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CDC Issues Official Health Advisory – Infection Control

CDC Issues Official Health Advisory Concerning Need to Improve Procedures for Processing Reusable Medical Devices for Reuse

On September 11, 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Official Health Advisory to healthcare facilities on the need to review procedures for maintaining, cleaning, and disinfecting or sterilizing reusable medical devices. The alert was sent out in response to recent lapses in infection control due to noncompliance with required reprocessing procedures.

The CDC is requesting that all healthcare facilities, including dental offices, review their current reprocessing practices to ensure that they are following manufacturers’ instructions and that they have proper policies and procedures in place in accord with state infection control requirements and CDC recommendations. To read the Health Advisory in its entirety, click here.

For our OSHA Review subscribers… The May/June 2015 issue of OSHA Review in Section VIII of your OSHA Review binder covers the Dental Board of California (DBC) requirements for reprocessing critical and semi-critical devices for reuse.

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