CDC disinfection, sterilization guidances provide practical advice
By Steve Davis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to release its Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Health Care Settings late in the first quarter of 2007.
The document, which will likely top 120 pages, has been approved by the CDC Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). HICPAC is a federal advisory committee made up of 14 external infection control experts who provide advice to the CDC and the secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services regarding health care infection control, strategies for surveillance and prevention and control of health care-associated infections. The guidance will be published in the CDC’s publication, Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report, and alerts can be accessed at www.cdc.gov/mmwr/index.html.
The new guidelines—due out in early 2007—probably won’t require hospital ES staff to change their procedures because much of the focus is on medical instruments and devices, says Lynne Sehulster, a microbiologist in the CDC’s Epidemiology & Laboratory Branch. Earlier guidance, which deals with cleaning, disinfecting, medical waste and laundry, is a more comprehensive document for hospital ES departments, she adds.
On Oct. 19, the CDC released guidelines that outline strategies to prevent the spread of drug-resistant infections (e.g., Clostridium difficile) in health care settings. The 73-page document, Management of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in Healthcare Settings, is available at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/pdf/ar/mdroGuideline2006.pdf.
Other sources of infection control information include the following:
- Premier Safety Institute: www.premierinc.com/safety;
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology: www.apic.org; and
- Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy: www.cidrap.umn.edu/index.html.
Steve Davis is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer and a frequent Health Facilities Management magazine contributor with extensive health care industry experience.
This article 1st appeared in the December 2006 issue of Health Facilities Management Magazine.