Reprocessing of re-usable instruments
Life cycle of reusable surgical instruments
Following purchase, Surgical Holdings instruments should follow a strict life cycle, as follows:
NHS Estate (2003)
“Decontamination is the combination of processes (including cleaning, disinfection and sterilization) used to render a reusable item safe for further use on patients and handling by staff. The effective decontamination of reusable surgical instruments is essential in minimising the risk of transmission of infectious agents”(NHS estates 2003).
The importance of thorough decontamination and re-processing of instruments is highlighted above and Surgical Holdings advises that you download and follow their reprocessing instructions.