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Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008

Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008 [PDF - 948 KB]

Figure 1. Decreasing order of resistance of microorganisms to disinfection and sterilization and the level of disinfection or sterilization.

Resistant Level
 | Prions (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease)
Prion reprocessing
 |
 | Bacterial spores (Bacillus atrophaeus) Sterilization
 |
 | Coccidia (Cryptosporidium)  
 |
 | Mycobacteria (M. tuberculosis, M. terrae) High
 |
 | Nonlipid or small viruses (polio, coxsackie) Intermediate
 |
 | Fungi (Aspergillus, Candida)  
 |
 | Vegetative bacteria (S. aureus, P. aeruginosa) Low
 |
↓ Lipid or medium-sized viruses (HIV, herpes, hepatitis B)  
Susceptible

Modified from Russell and Favero 13, 344.

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