Disinfection and sterilization in health care facilities: what clinicians need to know.

@article{Rutala2004DisinfectionAS,
  title={Disinfection and sterilization in health care facilities: what clinicians need to know.},
  author={William A. Rutala and David J. Weber},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2004},
  volume={39 5},
  pages={702-9}
}
All invasive procedures involve contact between a medical device or surgical instrument and a patient's sterile tissue or mucous membranes. A major risk of all such procedures is the introduction of pathogenic microbes that could lead to infection. Failure to properly disinfect or sterilize reusable medical equipment carries a risk associated with breach of the host barriers. The level of disinfection or sterilization is dependent on the intended use of the object: critical items (such as… CONTINUE READING