Single-use and multiple-use of Medical Devices

Paper by M. Simmons (Chair of All Wales Decontamination Advisory Group) and and Pete Phillips (Director of SMTL).

The Welsh Decontamination Committee (WDC) have been asked on a number of occasions to provide advice regarding single use items. The questions are generally:

  • Does single-use imply single use within a determined period of time on more than one patient?
  • Can the device be used more than once on a single patient?

This paper [PDF] attempts to give some advice in this area.

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