- Only reprocess reusable devices.
Do not reprocess devices designated for single use only.
- Reusable medical devices should be decontaminated in a sterile services department (SSD). They have the facilities and expertise to ensure that they are properly decontaminated.
- If you have to decontaminate devices locally, use an automated process whenever possible.
- If an automated process is not available, devices may be cleaned manually. This should be done away from the clinical area
- Staff must be properly trained and supervised.
- Wear gloves, personal protective clothing and eye protection.
- Use dedicated equipment / receptacles – do not use the hand wash basin for manual cleaning
- Follow the instructions provided by the device manufacturer, including:
- choice, use and compatibility of decontaminants
- dismantling and reassembly of instruments.
- Ensure that water used is of a suitable quality and at the correct temperature – ask your microbiologist or SSD manager for advice.
- Avoid splashing and the generation of aerosols.
- Ensure that sterilisers, were applicable, are properly sited, maintained and used.
Advice on best practice for manual cleaning is provided in ‘Sterilization, Disinfection & Cleaning of Medical Equipment: Guidance on Decontamination from the Microbiology Advisory Committee to Department of Health, Medical Devices Agency’.
This information is taken from the Department of Health.