Selection and Use of Low-Level Disinfectants for Noncritical Patient-Care Devices

  1. Process noncritical patient-care devices using a disinfectant and the concentration of germicide listed in Table 1. Category IB.17, 46-48, 50-52, 67, 68, 378, 382, 401
  2. Disinfect noncritical medical devices (e.g., blood pressure cuff) with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant using the label’s safety precautions and use directions. Most EPA-registered hospital disinfectants have a label contact time of 10 minutes. However, multiple scientific studies have demonstrated the efficacy of hospital disinfectants against pathogens with a contact time of at least 1 minute. By law, all applicable label instructions on EPA-registered products must be followed. If the user selects exposure conditions that differ from those on the EPA-registered product label, the user assumes liability from any injuries resulting from off-label use and is potentially subject to enforcement action under FIFRA. Category IB. 17, 47, 48, 50, 51, 53-57, 59, 60, 62-64, 355, 378, 382
  3. Ensure that, at a minimum, noncritical patient-care devices are disinfected when visibly soiled and on a regular basis (such as after use on each patient or once daily or once weekly). Category II. 378, 380, 1008
  4. If dedicated, disposable devices are not available, disinfect noncritical patient-care equipment after using it on a patient who is on contact precautions before using this equipment on another patient. Category IB. 47, 67, 391, 1009
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