Joint Commission looks at sterilization and high-level disinfection

By: July 28th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Here is a good analysis of recent the Joint Commission recommendations on sterilization and high-level disinfection from the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals Blog.

Joint Commission recommends a look at sterilization and high-level disinfection

In a recent announcement, The Joint Commission has urged hospitals and other accredited organizations to review their sterilization and high-level disinfection (HLD) processes in detail. The accrediting body said that a review of existing policies and procedures will help ensure organizations are up to date, and this process will also help identify areas where leadership can take a more active role.

The Joint Commission has taken several steps in recent years in the area of sterilization and HLD to help curb the ongoing problem of healthcare-associated infections (HAI). The accrediting body implemented such items as IC.02.02.01, Element of Performance 2 and NPSG.07.05.01, both of which are intended to address surgical site infection rates.

For more information on this announcement, visit The Joint Commission’s website.

For more on accreditation news and tools for healthcare facilities, visit HCPro’s Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals website.


By Kelly Massa on April 15th, 2016 at 2:56 pm

What is the joint commissions stance on HLD of ultrasound probes and the use of the GUS system. Can the GUS system be in the patient care areas?


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