Joint Commission Quick Safety Issue Addresses Critical Instruments and Devices Reprocessing

Published: 02/22/2022

Sources:
  • The Joint Commission
Relevant To:
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers,
  • Dialysis Facilities,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals,
  • Ambulatory Care,
  • Office-Based Surgery

The Joint Commission has recently published a new Quick Safety report addressing reprocessing of critical instruments and devices. According to TJC, ensuring proper reprocessing of instruments and devices is a key patient safety issue. TJC’s new Quick Safety Issue places specific focus on reprocessing of Single Use Devices (SUDs), which often do not include manufacturer instructions for reprocessing.

According to TJC, while SUDs are typically intended for one-time use, in the United States th

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