Reprocessing of Instrumentation Exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)/TSEs

Healthcare facilities face the challenge of caring for patients who may have Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) caused by prions. Processing surgical instrumentation that may have come in contact with prions requires unique processing guidance. Some clinical experts believe the most widely-referenced document that addresses this concern, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), is outdated for practical clinical application.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is one prion disease of particular interest and concern to healthcare professionals, including those working in the Central Service/Sterile Processing profession. CJD is caused by a proteinaceous infectious agent or prion, and is a neurodegenerative disorder with characteristic clinical and diagnostic features. This disease is rapidly progressive and always fatal.

IAHCSMM and the Massachusetts Chapter of Central Service Professionals (MCCSP) have contributed to the industrywide discussion of CJD/TSEs by developing the research paper Reprocessing of Instrumentation Exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)/TSEs.

Note: Any opinions or positions contained in this IAHCSMM and MCCSP Research Paper are solely and exclusively those of IAHCSMM, a non-profit corporation, and MCCSP, a non-profit corporation, and are presented to generate an open industry-wide discussion about these issues. The opinions or positions of IAHCSMM and MCCSP in this IAHCSMM and MCCSP Research Paper do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of individual Directors on IAHCSMM's Board of Directors or MCCSP's Board of Directors, individual officers of IAHCSMM or MCCSP, or any of the members of IAHCSMM or MCCSP.

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