Safe Cleaning and Disinfection of Ventilators: ECRI's Recommendations

October 6, 2021 | Evaluations & Guidance


Ventilator vendors are inconsistent in their recommendations for preventing cross-contamination between patients. For example:

  1. Some vendors—but not all—explicitly recommend that, after every patient, facilities perform high-level disinfection on the exhalation valve and any other components that are in the path of exhaled gases.

  2. Some vendors provide detailed cleaning and disinfecting information but make...

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