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COVER STORY


Staying Current with ANSI/AAMI ST79


What ASCs need to know BY ROBERT KURTZ


W


hen Clay Landry, director of central sterile for Saratoga Sur-


gery Center in Saratoga Springs, New York, began working in sterile pro- cessing in the late 1970s, standards for reprocessing equipment were few and far between. “What we did back then was basically the best we could without guidance or technology.” These days, he expresses his grat-


itude for documents such as ANSI/ AAMI ST79. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumenta- tion (AAMI) publishes “ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017 Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance in Health Care Facilities,” and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approves it.


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“I have watched central process-


ing become so much more high-tech and take on greater importance in our delivery of care,” Landry says. “ST79 is a vital source of proven practices that help coach us through the many processes we must perform to keep patients and staff safe.”


12 ASC FOCUS JUNE/JULY 2020 | ascfocus.org


If your ASC uses steam for steriliza- tion, get a copy of ST79, says Amanda Coss, national education coordina- tor for Mobile Instrument Services & Repair in Bellefontaine, Ohio. “When ASCs write their sterile processing policies and procedures, they do so by following ST79 standards.” This is the expectation of ASC


surveyors, says Delores O’Connell, clinical education specialist at Steris in Mentor, Ohio. “Whether from an accreditation agency, state or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, they use ST79 as a key tool to develop surveys for the activities within the reprocessing arena and as the minimum expectations for the practices an ASC should follow.” More


specifically, O’Connell


says, surveyors will check to ensure ASCs are now following the most current version of ST79, which took effect in 2017 and replaced the 2013 edition of the guide.


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