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Best Practices for Cleaning Disinfection and Sterilization

This best practice document is intended for health care providers to ensure that the critical elements and methods of decontamination, disinfection and sterilization are incorporated into health care facility procedures. The document describes essential elements and methods in the safe handling, monitoring and auditing, transportation and biological decontamination of contaminated medical equipment/devices.

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Annex A–Minimizing the Risk of Bacterial Transmission from Patient to Patient When Using Duodenoscopes

This document is an extension to the Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment/Devices in All Health Care Settings. It outlines current concerns with respect to duodenoscope-associated outbreaks and the effectiveness of duodenoscope reprocessing.

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 Additional Resources






Considerations when purchasing a tabletop steam sterilizer

Environmental requirements for decontamination areas

Checklist for endoscopy in clinical office practice

Checklist for reprocessing of medical equipment/devices in clinical office practice

IPAC Core elements in dental practice settings

Reprocessing in dental practice settings



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