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APIC State-of-the-Art Report: The role of infection control during construction in health care facilities
Abstract: This report reviews issues related to construction and renovation projects in health care facilities that can help prevent transmission of infectious agents to vulnerable patient populations, health care workers, and visitors.
Source: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.

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)

Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization - In All Health Care Settings [PDF]
Abstract: Thorough overview of best practices including a glossary of terms, assistance with selecting SUD resprocessers, a sterilization decision tree etc.
Source: Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC)

Detox Sterilization and Disinfection [PDF]
Abstract: PowerPoint about balance between sporicidal, viricidal, and bactericidal effectiveness, human and environmental health, compatibility with delicate devices and repair costs. Design tips to promote success and assure patient and health care worker safety.
Source: Hospitals for a Healthy Environment: Sharing Successes

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

Recommended Practices for Surveillance
Abstract: The purpose of this document is to provide a framework for the development of epidemiological-based surveillance systems for use in health care settings.
Source: American Journal of Infection Control

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


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