Resource Documents

All Sterile Processing departments seek to improve their practices. The journey is never-ending as new technologies, standards, guidelines and other changes impact our work practices. IAHCSMM offers a collective resource of sample documents as an exclusive Association member benefit, as well as additional documents pertinent and available to the entire profession.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q Where can I find the latest recommendations and information on Ebola?

A The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is regularly updating information on their website www.cdc.gov. You can link to the section with Ebola updates at: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

 

Q What PPE should sterile processing team members wear when decontaminating instruments used on patients with known or suspected Ebola?

A The Centers for Disease Control's Updated PPE Guidance states:

 

  • No exposed skin
  • Either a Surgical N95 Respirator or a PAPR (both should be NIOSH certified)
  • Either a gown (fluid resistant, extends to mid-calf) or coveralls (fluid resistant, without integrated hood)
  • Boot covers (fluid resistant, extends to mid-calf)
  • Gloves (double, heavy duty, outer pair has extended cuff)
  • Apron (fluid resistant, extends to mid-calf)
  • Full face shield and surgical hood (if wearing PAPR, should be integrated)

Updated November 18, 2014, obtained from AORN.

 

Q How should Ebola-contaminated instruments be handled?

A See "Precautions for Handling of Ebola-Contaminated Instruments."

Updated November 17, 2014, obtained from AORN.

 

Q How should Ebola-contaminated laryngoscope equipment (ie, blades, handles) be handled?

A See "Precautions for Handling of Ebola-Contaminated Laryngoscope Blades and Handles."

Updated November 17, 2014, obtained from AORN.

 

Q Which disinfectants should we use for patient care equipment with possible Ebola contamination?

A The CDC issued an interim guideline on October 3, 2014.  Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus states:

"Use a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered hospital disinfectant with a label claim for a non-enveloped virus (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) to disinfect environmental surfaces in rooms of patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus infection.

Although there are no products with specific label claims against the Ebola virus, enveloped viruses such as Ebola are susceptible to a broad range of hospital disinfectants used to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces. In contrast, non-enveloped viruses are more resistant to disinfectants. As a precaution, selection of a disinfectant product with a higher potency than what is normally required for an enveloped virus is being recommended at this time. EPA-registered hospital disinfectants with label claims against non-enveloped viruses (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) are broadly antiviral and capable of inactivating both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses.

You may access the entire document at: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/environmental-infection-control-in-hospitals.html

Please Note: This information and recommendations may change. Visit www.cdc.gov for the most current information.