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AAMI on Cleaning—The Human Factor

AAMI posted an article on cleaning standards on July 1, 2020. This article focused on the importance of adapting cleaning training and techniques to work with what people already know based on their backgrounds (e.g., food safety and personal protective equipment). Cleaning is no longer a guessing game anymore in light of the detailed parameters set forth by instructions for use (IFUs), AAMI, and the Food and Drug Administration and Occupational Safety and Health Administration that reflect the level of cleanliness required in decontamination areas. Sterile processing departments equipped with the proper tools, the right technique, and the appropriate attention to detail can avoid common cleaning issues associated with a lack of training and understanding. Thus, ensuring 100% sterile instruments are provided to hospitals. "“Every person impacts the outcomes for patients,” Natalie Lind said, education director at the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). Encourage people to ask questions; learn, unlearn, and relearn; adapt to change; and work as a team."

On-demand sessions from IAHCSMM’s 2020 annual conference were available online through July 20. Visit

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