Archive Infection Control 2012

The Down and Dirty on Decontamination

See if you’re using the right equipment and procedures when getting instruments ready for sterilizing.

Steven Johnson

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Surgical instruments that aren't clean can't be sterilized, making effective decontamination the first, and perhaps most critical, step of the sterilization process. Decontamination requires the right equipment, appropriate safety measures and a solid knowledge of acceptable washing methods. Test your acumen with the questions below, and see how your protocols measure up.

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