Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 26, issue 1, P165-172 2012 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2011.09.010 View full text
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Emily K. Shuman, Carol E. Chenoweth

Abstract: Reuse of both single-use and multiuse medical devices is a common practice and can result in transmission of infection when appropriate sterilization or reprocessing does not occur. Reuse of single-use devices can be problematic because there are no clear standards for reprocessing, although data regarding adverse outcomes are limited. Single-use devices are commonly reused, appropriately or inappropriately, in resource-limited settings because of cost constraints. Reuse of medical devices raises important leg…

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