Reprocessing of reusable face masks respirators during Covid 19

Interim advice and guidance for NHS organisations to consider when purchasing and using reusable respirators in a healthcare context has been co-authored by SMTL, and approved by the UK PPE Decision Making Committee (DMC) in Dec 2020. The paper and the backround research are now available.

A Rapid Review is now available into the evidence for the use of flight socks in preventing DVT on long haul flights.   

A new paper is up on Medidex - "Endoscope contamination and rinse water TVCs", which details the results of testing performed by SMTL on washer disinfectors and scope channels, and provides some useful information on the relationship between rinse water and endoscope contamination.

A new paper is up on Medidex - "Single-use and multiple-use of Medical Devices". This paper gives advice on what to take into account when trying to decide whether a medical device can be used for multiple actions during a single procedure on a single patient. It was written to support the work of the All Wales Decontamination Group.

We have recently updated two of our research papers.  Firstly the Safer Sharps - Scalpel and Suture needles paper has been updated with the latest information.  Sharps injuries are a common occupational hazard for health care workers in the NHS and this report summarises 'safety' scalpels and associated products.  Secondly the Infusion therapy - requirements for flow control paper has been updated.  This paper summarises guidance currently available in the area.

A wide range of articles on sharps can be found on our Safer Sharps page.

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