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CDC Released New Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization

March 9th, 2009

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its "Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008." The guidelines present evidence-based recommendations on the preferred methods for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of patient-care medical devices and for cleaning and disinfecting the healthcare environment. The brand-new 2008 guidelines do have a section on Dental Instruments. New subjects in the guidelines include inactivation of emerging pathogens; bioterrorist agents and bloodborne pathogens; toxicologic, environmental and occupational concerns associated with disinfection and sterilization practices; disinfection of patient-care equipment used in ambulatory and home care; inactivation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and new sterilization processes. More information about the guidelines can be found on www.cdc.gov and www.osap.org .