1226.6.2 Support Areas for Examination Rooms
If sterile processing and/or high level disinfection is provided, the sterile processing room shall consist of a decontamination area and a clean work area. The sterile processing/high level disinfection room shall be designed to provide one-way flow of contaminated materials/instruments to the sterilizer/high level disinfection equipment. Sterile/high level disinfected instruments should be distributed from the area in such a manner that processed items do not pass through the decontamination area.
The decontamination area shall be equipped with the following:
- Countertop, separated from clean countertop by 4 feet minimum distance.
- Handwashing station separate from the instrument washing sink.
- Sink for washing instruments. To avoid splash, the decontamination sink shall be separated from the clean work area by either a 4-foot distance from the edge of the sink or a separating wall or screen. If a screen is used, it shall extend a minimum of 4 feet (1220 mm) above the sink rim.
- Storage for supplies.
The clean work area shall be equipped with the following: