JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) vCJD (variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) safety alert for surgeons:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has issued a safety alert to hospitals urging them to disinfect or dispose of instruments used in neurosurgery and when variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease is suspected or confirmed. It also urged the hospitals to quarantine the instruments until an unclear diagnoses or biopsy has been clarified. Regular sterilisation techniques are not yet proven to be effective against the vCJD organism, which causes a degenerative and always fatal brain disorder. The hospital accreditation group issued the alert after hearing of two separate incidents at hospitals where as many as 14 patients may have been exposed to CJD. The patient operated on did not show symptoms of the disease prior to surgery.