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APPRORIATE LEVEL OF DECONTAMINATION

APPRORIATE LEVEL OF DECONTAMINATION

APPRORIATE LEVEL OF DECONTAMINATION ACCORDING TO TYPE OF PROCEDURE

CLASSIFICATION TYPE OF PROCEDURE APPRORIATE LEVEL OF DECONTAMINATION
Critical

Invasive device enters tissue that is usually sterile or enters the vascular system.
This includes contact with breaches in the skin and/or mucous membrane e.g., arthroscopes, papillotomes etc.

Sterilization
Semi-critical

Device contacts intact mucous membrane but does not penetrate sterile tissue;
e.g., gastroscopes, colonoscopies.

High level disinfection
Sterilization preferred
where practicable.

Non-critical

Device only contacts intact skin e.g., stethoscope, sphygmomanometer cuff.

Cleaning (and low level
disinfection where
necessary).

 

 REFERENCE:

Guidelines for disinfection and sterilization in healthcare facilities, 2008. HICPAC. CDC

 

 

Dr.Naima Fasih