Reprocessing Recommendations

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Assessing Reprocessing Procedures,

Routine Surveillance Cultures for QA

This page includes summaries that should not be used to create policies and procedures. Please refer to the original source documents for exact language. Links can be found here.

Multisociety, 2016

Not determined. "Further research into methodology and utility of surveillance cultures or sampling is encouraged." If performed, the American Society for Microbiology recommends sending samples to a send-out lab that specializes in environmental organisms.

HICPAC, 2016

Not determined.

AORN, 2016

Not determined. Although not a current recommendation in the United States, many international organizations and research studies advocate for using surveillance cultures of endoscopes. Assess need by a multidisciplinary team that includes laboratory staff.

ANSI/AAMI ST91, 2015

Not determined. Although not a current recommendation in the United States, many international organizations and research studies advocate for using surveillance cultures of endoscopes. Assess need by a multidisciplinary team that includes laboratory staff.

APIC/JCR, 2017

Not addressed. Base protocols on current evidence-based recommendations.

CMS, 2016

Not addressed.

TJC Booster Pak, 2015

Not addressed.

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