Don’t utilize reusable medical instrumentations that have not been adequately re-processed.
It is fully documented that in the health and social-health structures there is the risk of pathogenic micro-organisms transmission to patients via contaminant medical devices, that therefore need to be adequately treated. This implies the urgency of: a) adopting appropriate cleaning, sanitation and sterilization methods; b) doing in every single case a correct choice of the methodology based on specific characteristics, destination of use and on the producer indications; c) guaranteeing the correct handle of disinfectant solutions and detergents and of the sterilization processes.
1) CDC Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities (2008) https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/
2) Cappelli V, Mongardi M, Moro ML. Memo 5 - Sterilizzazione in ambito sanitario e socio-sanitario, Agenzia sanitaria e sociale regione Emilia-Romagna, Bologna 2010
3) Mongardi M, Gambetti S, Poncenni N, Martelli L, Moro ML. Memo 6 - Antisepsi e disinfezione in ambito sanitario e socio-sanitario. Agenzia sanitaria e sociale regione Emilia-Romagna, Bologna 2011
4) Rutala WA, Weber DJ. Disinfection, Sterilization and Antisepsis: An overview. Am J Infect Control 2016; 44 (suppl 5): e 1-6 doi: 10.1016/j.ajic 2015.10.038
5) Reprocessing of flexible endoscopes and endoscopic accessories used in gastrointestinal endoscopy: Position Statement of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and European Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (ESGENA) – Update 2018. Endoscopy 2018; 50: 1205–1234. DOI https://doi.org/10.1055/a-0759-1629
Attention. Please note that these items are provided only for information and are not intended as a substitute for consultation with a clinician. Patients with any specific questions about the items on this list or their individual situation should consult their clinician.