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TitleReprocessing of single-use medical devices in hospital environment: Evolution and future perspectives
Author(s)Costa, Fátima Sofia
Pereira, Maria Olívia
Esteves, Carlos
Carvalho, Jorge
KeywordsBiomedical equipment
Environmental legislation
Health care
Risk management
Waste reduction
Hospital environment
Cost savings
Safety ensurance
Environmental regulation
Environmental legislation
United States
Waste reduction
Single-use medical device reprocessing
Issue dateFeb-2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
CitationCosta, Fátima Sofia; Pereira, Maria Olívia; Esteves, Carlos; Carvalho, Jorge, Reprocessing of single-use medical devices in hospital environment: Evolution and future perspectives. ENBENG 2019 - 6th IEEE Portuguese Meeting on Bioengineering. Lisbon, Portugal, Feb 22-23, 1-4, 2019.
Abstract(s)These days, in hospital environment, reprocessing of Single-Use medical Devices (SUDs) is a practice used more and more often. Reprocessing of SUDs, in-house or by outsourcing, is a way for hospitals to produce cost savings and less quantity of waste. This review focuses on the evolution of SUDs reprocessing, as well as on the legislation and regulation associated, and discusses the potential risks involved. Historical evolution unveils that reprocessing is unequal between developed and developing countries, being the United States and Canada the more reprocessors countries. The control of this service ensures the safety of this practice, as it happens in developed countries. It is expected that the market of reprocessed SUDs will grow, and more hospitals will begin to reprocess these devices.
TypeConference paper
Publisher version
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:CEB - Artigos em Livros de Atas / Papers in Proceedings

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