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Reducing the public health risks associated with reusable medical devices

31 May 2004

Reducing the Public Health Risks Associated With Reusable Medical Devices is a document produced by an Expert Working Group of the National Coordinating Committee on Therapeutic Goods (NCCTG) that was convened in 2003 to examine the public health issues associated with reusable medical devices that are difficult to clean, disinfect and sterilise.

The information in this document is aimed at health care professionals and people working in health care facilities. It provides information on the potential public health risks associated with reusable medical devices, particularly those instruments that are difficult to clean, disinfect and sterilise.

The document includes:

  • a review of the literature about contaminated reusable medical devices;
  • a discussion on design characteristics that create difficulties for cleaning and sterilising;
  • a discussion about the important role of central sterilizing personnel and the need for education and training;
  • guidance on issues to consider when purchasing instruments; and
  • information and suggestions about medical device incident reporting and investigation of potential breaches of infection control.

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Reducing the public health risks associated with reusable medical devices (pdf,293kb)

Contents

  • Disclaimer
  • Copyright
  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • The membership of the NCCTG Expert Working Group
  • Executive summary
  • Part A: Literature review - incidence of infection linked to contaminated medical devices
  • Part B: Factors that affect public health risks
  • Part C: Reporting and investigating potential breaches of infection control
  • References
  • Appendices
    • Appendix A: The IRIS Medical Device Incident Report Form
    • Appendix B: A checklist for purchasing reusable instruments
    • Appendix C: An example Incident Report Form for healthcare facilities
    • Appendix D: Adaptation of the NSW Health Risk Matrix Severity Assessment Code
    • Appendix E: Glossary of terms
    • Appendix F: Acronyms

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