Reprocessing: cleansing, disinfection, sterilization

Elisabeth Presterl*, Magda Diab-El Schahawi*, Luigi Segagni Lusignani, Helga Paula, Jacqui S. Reilly

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Reusable pathogen-contaminated medical instruments or devices can be the source of human infections. If they are reusable, measures must be taken before reuse on the next patient to avoid pathogen transmission. These measures are summarized under the term of reprocessing and include cleaning, disinfecting and/or sterilizing of medical devices. This chapter describes relevant reprocessing procedures used in the hospital setting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBasic Microbiology and Infection Control for Midwives
PublisherSpringer
Chapter5
Pages35-49
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030020262
ISBN (Print)9783030020255
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • cleaning
  • disinfection
  • sterilization

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