Updated: Mar 10, 2022
Optimally, the reprocessing (i.e., decontamination/ clean & sterile process) of medical instruments should take place in physically separated rooms. However, in settings like dental, endoscopy, ambulatory, and physician practices, it often is not the case. In 2014, the FGI guidelines suggested a distance of at least 4ft from the edge of the sink separating the decontamination process from the clean workspaces. They also offered as a solution a separating wall or screen that extends at least 4ft above the sink rim. A one-way workflow should also exist to reduce the re-contamination of clean items. Workspaces should be cleaned on a shift-by-shift basis, and more often as needed.
At Evolved Sterile Processing, our consultants have a greater focus on sterile processing. With our decades of experience, we will help you develop better processes and educational resources for your staff.