Understanding the Low-level Disinfection IFU – Streamlining Your Approach for High Reliability

Recorded On: 04/17/2019

IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, Expert

Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2021


Thousands of equipment/devices exist across the health care continuum which require low level disinfection (LLD).  For each equipment/device there is a unique IFU, which may include cleaning instructions, as well a description of how to then perform disinfection. In the fast paced healthcare setting, it is impossible for a healthcare worker to remember all of these instructions, and equally impossible for a healthcare system to adequately support a unique cleaning method for each piece of equipment. This webinar provides insight to the infection preventionists looking for an answer to “How can I clean all of the equipment in my institution, safely and still pass an inspection”.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the IFU as it relates to cleaning and how this applies to equipment that requires low level disinfection.
  • Participants will understand the science behind cleaning, why IFUs don’t always make sense.
  • Participants will learn how partnering with your key stakeholders can help ensure safe and reliable cleaning practices in low level disinfection.
  • Participant will understand essential components needed in a risk assessment for high reliability in low level disinfection.

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Sara Townsend, CIC, MS-HQS

Infection Prevention Supervisor, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Sara Townsend, CIC, MS-HQS is an Infection Prevention Supervisor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Sara has a Master’s Degree in Quality and Safety in Healthcare and a background in both secondary education and respiratory therapy. An active member of the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia APIC chapter, Sara has served on multiple committees and is currently an acting Director. She also is a member of the APIC Education Committee. Her special interests include, infection prevention in ambulatory and procedural areas, CLABSI, C.diff, and cleaning of the patient environment. Sara is passionate about engaging teams to work together to share infection prevention strategies to improve healthcare outcomes.

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04/17/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
04/17/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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