The culmination of three years of work by a task force convened and led by ASCRS yielded new specialty-specific guidelines for the sterile processing of ophthalmic surgical instruments that were released earlier this week. ASCRS, in cooperation with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society (OOSS), led the development of this document, which makes evidence-based recommendations regarding issues that may be unique to the cleaning and sterilization of intraocular instrumentation. The task force, chaired by David F. Chang, MD, ASCRS President 2012–2013, and Nick Mamalis, MD, ASCRS Vice President-President Elect, was formed to address increased scrutiny from regulators of longstanding ophthalmic sterilization processes. The resulting guidelines provide detailed recommendations for cleaning and sterilization of intraocular instruments, and include rationale for why intraocular instruments should not be cleaned with the same processes for other non-ophthalmic surgical instruments.
For full information on the release of the guidelines, visit the ASCRS website. If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Nancey McCann, ASCRS director of government relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-591-2220.