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<p>The emission of ethylene oxide from sterilization facilities into surrounding communities has raised cancer concerns, warnings, and closures that threaten the critical flow of sterile supplies in healthcare, the FDA reports. Infection preventionists should keep communication channels open with central sterile supply and other key colleagues to ensure spot shortages of equipment do not pose a threat to patient safety.</p>

FDA: Hospitals Could Face Shortages of Sterile Supplies

Facility in Illinois shut down due to EtO cancer risk