CDC Issues Advisory on Recommended Reprocessing Procedures: ICCS Special Report

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a Health Advisory urging healthcare providers and facilities to immediately review their current reusable medical device reprocessing practices.

The advisory comes following numerous reports over the past several months of facilities struggling with cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical devices, particularly duodenoscopes. Several deaths have occurred as a result of highly resistant bacteria that were transmitted from patient to patient.

Phenelle Segal, infection prevention consultant and president of Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS), has published a special report that examines the Advisory and highlights some of the critical actions providers and facilities should take immediately to maintain compliance and better ensure patient safety.

To view the report, click here.

If you have questions about the Health Advisory or require assistance with ensuring your facility is following proper reprocessing procedures, contact Phenelle by filling out the form here, emailing info@iccs-home.com or calling (215) 692-3485.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.