Items that are being used in medical procedures must always precede high level of disinfecting and sterilizing. With the help of sterilization products, medical devices and surgical instruments that involve contact with a patient’s skin, sterile tissue or mucous membranes are sure to be safe.
Sterilization products are important in attaining the overall wellness of the patients while having their medical procedures done. This is why these products go through processes that will thoroughly disinfect them of possible harmful microorganisms. Methods could either be through steaming or using chemicals for heat-sensitive products.
Processes of disinfecting include sterilization, this is where all microorganisms, including bacterial spores are being destroyed. High-level of disinfection, wherein organisms are being destroyed except high number of bacterial spores. Intermediate level of disinfection, this procedure destroys vegetative bacteria, mycobacteria, most viruses and most fungi but not bacterial spores. And the low level of disinfection, wherein vegetative bacteria, some fungi and viruses but not mycobacteria or spores, are being destroyed.
Using Sterilization Products
Professionals need to take responsibility for the control of infection risks. With the discovery of more complex diseases, extra precautionary measures should be implemented. With product innovations, it is easier to attain a safer and bacteria-free environment for health establishments. Disinfectants are now easier to use and have more variations.
Note that it is important to read and follow manufacturer’s directions accordingly before using these sterilization products. Review carefully and ask all about necessary information, especially health hazards, before purchasing the products. Be sure to also check the EPA registration number, disinfecting properties, expiration dates and other important labels.
Ensuring the safety of using invasive and noninvasive medical devices requires strict adherence to the disinfection and sterilization protocol and guidelines. This is important in preventing patient from getting infected and exposed to infectious agents.