Regulations & Guidelines

High Level Disinfection & Instrument Decontamination

Risks associated with improper disinfection or sterilization of equipment include breach of host barriers, person-to-person transmission (e.g. hepatitis B virus), and transmission of environmental pathogens. According to the CDC, the level of disinfection or sterilization is dependent on the intended use of the object. Critical items (such as surgical instruments, which contact sterile tissue), semicritical items (such as endoscopes, which contact mucous membranes), and noncritical items (such as stethoscopes, which contact only intact skin) require sterilization, high-level disinfection, and low-level disinfection, respectively. 1 Click on a tab below to access resources specific to your healthcare facility.

Guidelines/Recommendations

Resources/Forms/Checklists

Educational Presentations

1 Rutala, William A. Ph.D., M.P.H. et al. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008. cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d. pg. 10-12. Web. 18 Oct. 2012

Guidelines/Recommendations

Resources/Forms/Checklists

Educational Presentations

1 Rutala, William A. Ph.D., M.P.H. et al. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008. cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d. pg. 10-12. Web. 18 Oct. 2012

Guidelines/Recommendations

Resources/Forms/Checklists

Educational Presentations

1 Rutala, William A. Ph.D., M.P.H. et al. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008. cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d. pg. 10-12. Web. 18 Oct. 2012

Guidelines/Recommendations

Educational Presentations

1 Rutala, William A. Ph.D., M.P.H. et al. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008. cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d. pg. 10-12. Web. 18 Oct. 2012

Guidelines/Recommendations

Resources/Forms/Checklists

Educational Presentations

1 Rutala, William A. Ph.D., M.P.H. et al. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008. cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d. pg. 10-12. Web. 18 Oct. 2012