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We use our mammography unit for interventional procedures as well as for routine mammography. Since interventional procedures are currently excluded from regulation, what should we be doing to document that proper infection control procedures have been performed?

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While interventional mammographic procedures are currently excluded from regulation, the regulations regarding the use of infection control procedures in patients undergoing non-interventional ("screening or diagnostic") mammography are clear. The facility must document that the equipment was cleaned and disinfected after contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials, prior to use on these non-interventional mammography patients, regardless of how or when the equipment was contaminated.

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