NEW FROM THE OMS GUARDIAN
STERILIZATION PRACTICES IN THE OMS OFFICE
Sylvia Garcia,RN, MBA, CIC - Director, Infection Control, University of Chicago Medicine
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons utilize medical devices, surgical instruments, and specialized
tools, some of which require diligent care and scrutiny, on a daily basis to deliver treatment to
their patients. To ensure functionality and cleanliness of these practice essentials, maintenance
is oftentimes mandated by the manufacturer and heavily regulated by governmental agencies.
Reprocessing critical devices is complex and requires competency and attention to detail in order
to ensure sterility. Failure to follow precise procedures could put your patients and office at risk.
Therefore it is important that the person(s) performing reprocessing be trained appropriately.
As a general rule, items labeled for single use should not be reprocessed. Reprocessing single use
items could distort their functionality. When a facility reprocesses a single use device they assume
the liability of a manufacturer.
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