CDC updates disinfection and sterilization guidelines for health care facilities

The CDC has released updated guidelines presenting evidence-based recommendations for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing medical devices and the health care environment.


The guidelines—which were last updated in 1985—address new topics including inactivation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, emerging pathogens, bioterrorist agents, and bloodborne pathogens; new sterilization processes such as hydrogen peroxide gas plasma and liquid peracetic acid; and disinfection of complex medical instruments such as endoscopes.


(SOURCE: CDC,, November 19, 2008)