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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Radiation-Emitting Products

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We clean the mammography unit between each patient. Do we still have to document (through the use of logs or charts) cleaning after the equipment comes in contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials?

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The regulations require that equipment be cleaned and disinfected after contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. Many facilities perform routine cleaning between all patients. However, in most cases, this routine cleaning is not sufficient to disinfect the equipment, either because different materials are required or the materials used are not left in contact with the equipment for a sufficient amount of time to achieve disinfection. Because of this, and the importance FDA places on this aspect of quality assurance, the facility is required to maintain a record of those instances when disinfection procedures were performed.

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