Summary: The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has released guidance, AAMI TIR99:2024, detailing best practices for sterile processing dilators and ultrasound probes in healthcare settings to enhance patient safety and infection control.

Key Takeaways:

  • Standardizes sterilization procedures for ultrasound probes and dilators.
  • Highlights the importance of proper device handling and infection prevention.
  • Provides comprehensive training and operational guidelines for healthcare professionals.

A new guidance document on the sterile processing of dilators and ultrasound probes in healthcare facilities has been published by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). “AAMI TIR99:2024; Processing Of Dilators, Transesophageal And Ultrasound Probes In Health Care Facilities” offers detailed advice for healthcare providers on equipment handling.

Focus on Infection Control

The document serves as an essential resource on infection control and hazard prevention in facilities processing their own medical devices, enhancing safety protocols.

Produced by AAMI’s Endoscope Reprocessing Working Group, which includes experts from various sectors, the report provides authoritative guidance on maintaining device sterility.

Improving Patient Safety

The guidance aims to standardize the cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing processes across different healthcare settings, according to Garland-Rhea Grisby, co-chair of the working group.

Detailed Guidelines Provided

Key topics covered include:

  • Procedures for device cleaning and sterilization
  • OEM instructions for endoscope users
  • Handling and transportation of devices
  • Classification and use of ultrasound probes and dilators
  • Selection of sterile packaging systems
  • Personnel training requirements
  • Availability of the Document

The new guidance is designed to aid sterile processing professionals and healthcare facilities in improving safety and efficiency. A full copy of the guidance document, AAMI TIR99, can be accessed here.