Disinfection: is it time to reconsider Spaulding?

  title={Disinfection: is it time to reconsider Spaulding?},
  author={Gerald Mcdonnell and Patrick T Burke},
  journal={The Journal of hospital infection},
  volume={78 3},
The Spaulding classification, originally proposed in 1957, is a widely used system for matching the disinfection and sterilization of surfaces, particularly those of re-usable medical/surgical devices, with available processes. It presents a ranking, from simple disinfection through to sterilization, that should be considered in the reprocessing of devices, based on the risks associated with their use, ranging from 'critical' (presenting a high risk), through 'semi-critical' to 'non-critical… CONTINUE READING


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