Disinfection and Sterilization: Is it Time to Reconsider?
1.0 CE Hours Approved by: CBRN, CBSPD & IAHCSMM Approved for 0.33 Hours of GI Specific Content by ABCGN
What Will I Learn?
The Spaulding Classification was first developed in the 1950s as a representative system to be able to decide to what level of disinfection would be appropriate for various different types of devices that are reused, based on their risk to a patient.
Recent studies involving viruses, bacteria, protozoa and prions have challenged our expectations when defining disinfection and sterilization. This combined with recent reports of outbreaks caused by improper cleaning of certain endoscopes leads us to ask the question, should we reconsider Spaulding?
The objectives of this webinar are to:
1. Define the Spaulding Classification and how it applies to device reprocessing.
2. Understand the traditional hierarchy of microorganism resistance to antimicrobial processes.
3. Provide recent example of studies with viruses, bacteria, protozoa and prions that challenges our expectations of disinfection and sterilization.