Antisepsis, Disinfection and Sterilization
30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes
This session will provide a high-level overview of prion-related illnesses and their implications on IPC practices in an operative setting. Topics that will be covered include:
1) Overview of an incident involving a Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease patient,
2) lessons learned from the incident,
3) the importance of a prion management plan, and
4) pertinent information to the creation of a plan.
This topic is important for all IPs whose facilities perform surgical procedures, especially neurosurgery, and corneal graft implants. Given the low incidence of prion-related diseases, many IPs will have had little to no experience with prions. As these diseases have a 100% mortality rate and the potential for iatrogenic transmission, it is paramount that IPs are aware of the dangers and familiar with proper prevention measures.