Saturday, June 20, 2009
Instrument reprocessing errors and other infection control breaches in health care settings can present unique challenges for health care professionals and public health officials.
* Developing a broader approach to management of infection control breaches in health care settings
Experiences with health departments and health care facilities suggest that questions surrounding instrument reprocessing errors and other infection control breaches are becoming increasingly common. We describe an approach to management of these incidents that focuses on risk of bloodborne pathogen transmission and the role of public health and other stakeholders to inform patient notification and testing decisions. (Am J Infect Control 2008;36:685-90.)