Water quality (or purity) is an important consideration during medical device reprocessing. Poor quality water can have a negative impact on medical devices including damage, decreased cleaning efficacy, and interference with disinfection/sterilization. Poor quality water can also have a negative impact on patients, including transmission of infection, adverse reaction, inflammation, or fever. Frequently, water quality is a reason for device damage and untoward patient outcomes.
1.0 CE Hours Approved by: CBRN, CBSPD & IAHCSMM
What Will I Learn?
This study guide will address methods for investigation and resolution of issues related to the quality of water used in the reprocessing of medical devices. It will also provide recommendations for the types and routine maintenance of water treatment systems.
It is important for any department that reprocesses and utilizes medical instrumentation and devices to be able to identify potential problems with water quality and initiate the measures necessary to ensure safety for patients and instrumentation. Ensuring the recommended water quality for the reprocessing of medical devices requires collaboration and communication between reprocessing staff and those who establish and maintain the water treatment program.
Upon completion of this study guide, the participant should be able to:
1. Identify types and causes of damage to device surfaces that can impact patient outcomes.
2. Name the levels of water quality necessary for specific steps in device cleaning, rinsing and steam sterilization.
3. Describe the types of water treatment systems used in device reprocessing.