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AORN MAN-864G-2020

Guideline for Sterilization

One of the measures for preventing surgical site infections is to provide surgical items that are free of contamination at the time of use. This can be accomplished by subjecting them to cleaning and decontamination, followed by a sterilization process. Sterilization provides the highest level of assurance that surgical items are free of viable microbes. These recommended practices provide guidance for sterilizing items to be used in the surgical environment. Steam, ethylene oxide (EO), low-temperature hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, peracetic acid, ozone, and dry heat sterilization methods are addressed.

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