Field Sterilization in the Austere and Operational Environment A Literature Review of Recommendations

J Spec Oper Med. 2016 summer;16(2):36-43.


Special Operations Forces medical providers are often deployed far beyond traditional military supply chains, forcing them to rely on alternative methods for field sterilization of medical equipment. This literature review proposes several alternative methods for both sterilization and disinfection of medical instruments after use and cleaning of skin and wounds before procedures. This article reviews recommendations from sources like the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Decontamination
  • Disinfectants
  • Disinfection
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Equipment and Supplies*
  • Hot Temperature
  • Humans
  • Military Medicine*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Sterilization / methods*
  • Sterilization / standards
  • United Nations
  • United States
  • World Health Organization


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Disinfectants