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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)

Disinfection and Sterilization High Level Disinfectants & Sterilants
Abstract: Lists alternative sterilization and disinfecting products and resources.
Source: Sustainable Hospitals

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

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

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

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)

Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: for Reprocessed Single-Use Medical [PDF]
Abstract: Website with information regarding regulations for the reprocessing of single-use medical devices (as an alternative to in-house sterilization of durable devices using EtO).
Source: FDA

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)

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)

Mortality among workers exposed to ethylene oxide
Abstract: Article describing a study of mortality in 18,254 U.S. workers exposed to ethylene oxide at 14 plants producing sterilized medical supplies and spices and results of research.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine

Nurses' Health and Workplace Exposures
Abstract: Caring for patients during a typical workday, nurses handle dozens of chemicals, drugs, and other agents that are designed to prevent, diagnose, control, or cure diseases and other health conditions. These therapeutic agents can heal, but have side effects as well. For most patients, the benefits of tightly controlled doses usually outweigh the risks. But the same may not be true for nurses.
Source: Environmental Working Group

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)

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.


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