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Cleaners and Disinfectants: Hazards of Excess Use on Electronic Medical Equipment

Audience: Hospital Administrators, risk managers, other healthcare professionals

[Posted 11/01/2007] FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a Public Health Notification, "Avoiding Hazards with Using Cleaners and Disinfectants on Electronic Medical Equipment". The notification describes the hazards of using excess cleaning and disinfecting liquids on certain electronic medical equipment and recommends ways to avoid these hazards. The problems included equipment fires and other damage, equipment malfunctions, and healthcare worker burns. Refer to the link below for recommendations on how to avoid hazards and appropriate equipment management.

[November 01, 2007 - Public Health Notification - FDA]