The May issue of Healthcare Purchasing News (HPN) has a very powerful piece on the need for validated cleaning IFUs for all of your surgical instruments (http://www.hpnonline.com/inside/2016-05/1605-FastForeward.html). The article is especially important for you and your staff as you constantly strive to ensure clean, sterile, moisture-free instruments for every patient, every time. According to HPN:
- To ensure device cleaning, disinfection and sterilization effectiveness, SPD staffers should use VALIDATED IFUs provided by manufacturers.
- Device manufacturers should provide VALIDATED IFUs to their healthcare organization customers so they know how to clean, disinfect and sterilize products effectively to prevent patient infections from improperly reprocessed devices.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stipulates in its guidelines that device manufacturers validate the design, functionality and end-user operation of the devices they make, including reprocessing instructions (IFUs).