Improperly Sterilized or Disinfected Equipment Is a Growing Problem, Says Joint Commission

June 12, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​Three years after Joint Commission wrote about the issue, noncompliance with its standard regarding improperly sterilized or high-level disinfected (HLD) equipment is rising, according to the May 2017 issue of Quick Safety. Joint Commission requires that organizations reduce risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies. The most vulnerable locations for lapses in this area are ambulatory care sites and decentralized locations in hospitals, Joint Commission said. Along with loss of accreditation, consequences of noncompliance include placing patients at risk for contamination, risk of potential outbreaks, and exposure to litigation.

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