To provide a description of test methods that may be used to evaluate reusable medical devices that become contaminated with soil during clinical use. Performance of these devices for reuse requires cleaning and disinfection/sterilization. Adequate cleaning is not only the first step in processing but also is required to reduce the risk of disease transmission for both the patient and medical practitioner. The soil, if inadequately removed, may interfere with disinfection and sterilization processes, as well as the performance of the device. Acceptance criteria should include a visual assessment and assessment of levels of defined marker(s) endpoints of the soil. Endpoints after cleaning should be established based upon several considerations, including: possible interference with disinfection/sterilization, risk to the patient from contaminants during device use, risk to the healthcare worker during handling, and the limit(s) of detection of the test method(s) employed. Methods for detecting and quantifying the defined markers (analytes) during test will be described.
KeywordsCleaning Markers, Analytes, Contamination, Reprocessing, Reprocess, Process,
This is the fourth in a series of ASTM Guides authored by ASTM F04.
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