Issue Management Paper - Water Quality

Learning how to manage water quality

The dangers of water impurities range from the risk of patient infections to higher hospital costs as a result of device and equipment deterioration. Water impurities can destroy the surface of instruments, and/or damage the chamber walls and components in the machines used for cleaning and disinfection (washer-disinfectors) and sterilization (steam sterilizers).

Understanding water quality, and how the elements in water can affect cleaning, disinfection and sterilization processes and the longevity of equipment, is key for healthcare professionals responsible for device decontamination and equipment management.


Water Quality - Correct cleaning procedures extend life expectancy of instruments and equipment (PDF-document, 694 kB)