Archive November 2012 XIII, No. 11

Infection Prevention - Test Your Instrument Reprocessing Acumen

Our quiz tackles sterilization and high-level disinfection protocols.

Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC

instrument sterility USE-BY DATE The old rule of thumb was 30 days, but more recent evidence regarding instrument sterility in wrapped packs may surprise you.

Ensuring surgical instruments have been reprocessed correctly is the cornerstone of infection prevention. Endoscopes and arthroscopes have different requirements from your typical wrapped packs, while "reposable" single-use devices (SUDs) have rules of their own. This 6-question quiz will test your knowledge of central sterile processing.

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