September 2021  |  A Case Study

Surface disinfection incompatibility
with medical devices creates potential
patient risks.


This case study was a joint educational collaborative effort by Healthcare Surfaces Institute (HSI) and Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) along with leadership of both
organizations highlighted in the case study. The level of detail that we were able to achieve in this case study was due to an agreement of anonymity for both of the organizations.


A large midwestern hospital, with approximately 700 licensed beds and over 1.2 million patient encounters yearly, purchased several hundred state-of-the-art, non-invasive medical device monitoring systems. Within two years, there was visible damage to the monitoring systems, due to chemical exposure during the disinfection process.

Surface disinfectant compatibility is not a new issue to the healthcare industry. The goal of this case study is to find the problem’s root causes through deep dive real-world analysis.


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