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Nurs Clin North Am. 1999 Jun;34(2):483-91.

Sterilization vs. disinfection vs. clean.

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Occupational Health Program-Safety Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.


The safe reuse of medical devices involves two distinct issues: the regulatory requirements of the FDA for devices intended for reprocessing and reuse by another patient and labeled as such by the manufacturer and the regulation of the off-label reuse of single-use medical devices that are neither designed nor labeled for reprocessing and reuse. This article discusses the risks, complications, and common discussions on the issue of reusing medical devices.

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