Llenroc

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I had a number of questions on my exam on how you would sterilize equipment, i.e. with autoclaving, chemicals, heating, or whatever. I didn't even know what autoclaving was. This is not something I recall covering at my medical school, and it's definitely not something I came across in any of my review books.

Could anyone out there give a brief, high yield analysis on medical disinfection?
 

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delicatefade said:
Most inanimate surfaces-->Bleach.
Unless you are disinfecting to create a sterile field on the person-->Betadine/alcohol.
Else, if it is a metal piece of equipment-->autoclave.

Prions-->Burn the building down.
 

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Spores require steam, that's on a bunch of practice exams (how you would disinfect a bedpan of someone with a Clostridium infection).
 
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SaltySqueegee said:
Most inanimate surfaces-->Bleach.
Unless you are disinfecting to create a sterile field on the person-->Betadine/alcohol.
Else, if it is a metal piece of equipment-->autoclave.

Prions-->Burn the building down.
Thanks, can we also go through in terms of how you disinfect bacteria, viruses, fungi, and blood?