The B.C. Ministry of Health Services has issued a message to health regulatory organizations and health authorities about the reprocessing of medical devices and equipment. The message focuses specifically on best practices for all single-use and multiple-use devices and patient care equipment. In particular, the Ministry reinforces the requirement to dispose of single-use (disposable) needles and syringes after they have been used once.
More information about infection control and medical devices can be found in the following documents:
Best Practices Guidelines for the Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Devices in Health Authorities
Preventing the Transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens in Health Care and Public Service Settings
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