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Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
Abstract: Website: APIC's mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. Resources include practical guidelines and publications.
Source: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
URL: http://www.apic.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home

Best Management Practices for Hospital Waste [PDF]
Abstract: Report: Comprehensive 392 page document handling all types of hospital waste. Includes section on air quality and sterilizer alternatives and vendors, WA state permitting information and complete list of air toxics found in hospitals.
Source: Washington Department of Ecology
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0504013.pdf

CAA SECTION 112 NESHAP: Ethylene Oxide Commercial Sterilization and Fumigation Operations
Abstract: APPENDIX 112H of the Clean Air Act that governs EtO for large sources.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/EPA-AIR/1999/December/Day-03/a31354.htm

Environmental Self-Assessment for Health Care Facilities
Abstract: A quick and easy checklist of pollution prevention measures for health care facilities.
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Pollution Prevention Unit
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/contacts/fullrecord.cfm?sectordocid=93
2

Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Fact Sheet [PDF]
Abstract: Fact sheet gives resources to find out if you are working with EtO, how EtO enters and affects your body, tests for exposure and how to reduce exposure. Also lists additional resources.
Source: California Department of Health Services
URL: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/hesis/Documents/eto.pdf

Ethylene Oxide Fact Sheet [PDF]
Abstract: Fact sheet written to give employers the information they need in order to manage staff exposure to EtO.
Source: OSHA
URL: http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/ethylene-oxide
-factsheet.pdf

EtO and Glutaraldehyde alternatives
Abstract: A report on the health risks of non-eco friendly disinfectants used in hospitals and better alternatives for them.
Source: Healthcare Environmental Resource Center
URL: http://www.hercenter.org/hazmat/steril.cfm

Evaluation of the Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide (External Review Draft)
Abstract: This draft assessment document characterizes the potential for a carcinogenic health hazard from human inhalation exposure to EtO.
Source: EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment
URL: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=157664

Frequently-Asked-Questions about the Reprocessing and Reuse of Single-Use Devices by Third-Party and Hospital Reprocessors
Abstract: If a hospital is reprocessing or having a provider reprocess single use devices as an alternative to using EtO to sterilize reusable devices, this document provides guidance on selecting and evaluating a provider.
Source: Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
URL: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidanc
e/GuidanceDocuments/ucm070916.htm

Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities
Abstract: Recommendations of CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).
Source: CDC, HICPAC, American Society for Healthcare Engineering/American Hospital Association, vol. 2004
URL: http://www.apic.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&TEMPLATE=/C
M/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=1174

Hospital eTool: Central Supply Module
Abstract: Virtual tour of hospital hazards. Covers the health effects of ethylene oxide gas exposure and options for reducing use.
Source: OSHA
URL: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/central/central.htm
l#ExposuretoEthyleneOxideGas

Infection Control Guidelines
Abstract: This collection of guidelines pertains to keeping patients and healthcare workers in healthcare settings protected from infectious diseases.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5210a1.htm

Infectious Diseases in Healthcare Settings
Abstract: Lists infectious diseases that may be transmitted and/or acquired in healthcare settings and links with suggestions about how to minimize risk for each disease.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/hai/

Mortality study of ethylene oxide workers in chemical manufacturing: a 10-year update
Abstract: Mortality study on men assigned to units at a Union Carbide plant in Connecticut producing ethylene oxide by the chlorohydrin or direct oxidation processes from 1940 to 1988. (Full text of article requires online subscription.)
Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information
URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&d
b=PubMed&list_uids=8398856&dopt=Citation

NIOSH Alert: Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Explosions in Industrial Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Facilities
Abstract: Website about Ethylene Oxide including; background, industrial sterilization process, safety, current standards, case reports, conclusions, recommendations, abbreviations a glossary and information about occupational illnesses, injuries, and deaths.
Source: National Institute for Occupational and Safety and Health (NIOSH)
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2007-164/

Practice Guidance
Abstract: Website with links to a wide variety of infection control guidelines from specific to a single disease to general.
Source: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
URL: http://www.apic.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Guidelines&Templ
ate=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=6&ContentID=519

Proper Sterilization of Instruments is Essential to Patient Safety
Abstract: Includes a brief discussion of the essential steps for ensuring patient safety by properly sterilizing instruments.
Source: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.
URL: http://www.apic.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Publications/Infe
ctionConnection/Proper_Sterilization.htm

Replacing Ethylene Oxide and Glutaraldehyde [PDF]
Abstract: Gives an overview of where EtO and glutaraldehyde are used in hospitals, the reasons to find alternatives and a case study that shows a cost benefit analysis of switching to alternate sterilization/disinfection methods and products.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region9/waste/p2/projects/hospital/glutar
eth.pdf

Sterilants and Disinfectants in Healthcare Facilities
Abstract: Website dedicated to those who want to go beyond mere compliance. Describes properties of sterilants and disinfectants, risks, compliance requirements, alternatives and disposal methods as well as listing additional resources.
Source: Hospitals for a Healthy Environment: Sharing Successes
URL: http://www.hercenter.org/hazmat/steril.cfm

What Are Antimicrobial Pesticides?
Abstract: Fact sheet describing the categorization of ethylene oxide as a sterilizer in the antimicrobial pesticide group. Links to other resources such as chemical composition and laws affecting the use of these chemicals.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/ad_info.htm

 


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