Reuse of Single-Use Medical Devices
Across Canada, the practice of reusing medical devices intended for single use is evolving. Health institutions that once routinely reused single-use devices that had been reprocessed in-house have moved away from such practices as the result of growing concerns about patient safety and potential legal liability. In Newfoundland and Labrador, as of 2010, all Regional Health Authorities had issued policies that essentially prohibited the reprocessing and reuse of SUDs. Variation existed, however, in the wording of such policies and in the alignment of clinical practice with these written policies. This expedited Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) report was based primarily on the evidence from a single systematic review produced by Agence d'évaluation des technologies et des modes d'intervention en santé (AETMIS) and subsequently contextualized by CHRSP for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador using input from local stakeholders with expertise in infection prevention and control.
30 Nov -0001
Strategic Research Theme
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery