Single-use ophthalmic and aesthetic medical devices

Single Use

Single Use Medical Devices

All Sterimedix Products are labelled as Single Use.

How do I know if a device is for single use?

It will have the symbol (see left) on the packaging or on the device itself.

What does single-use mean?

It means DO NOT REUSE. A single-use device should be used on a single patient during a single procedure, and then discarded safely. It should not be reprocessed and used again, even on the same patient.

Why shouldn’t a single-use device be reused?

Serious incidents have been reported relating to the reuse of single-use devices. Reuse is unsafe because of the risk of:

• Cross-infection resulting from the inability to effectively clean and decontaminate a device due to its design.

• Endotoxin reaction resulting from excessive bacterial breakdown products which cannot be removed by cleaning.

• Patient injury caused by the failure of the device following reprocessing. Products that are not designed for multiple-use may not withstand reprocessing adequately as a result of material alteration, embrittlement or fatigue. Sharp edges will become dulled, the lumen of fine tubes may be blocked, and moving parts may not function properly.

• Chemical burns or sensitisation as a reaction to the chemicals or decontaminants which may be absorbed by the device during reprocessing.

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