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Point of use treatment of reusable medical devices

Dr. Georgia Alevizopoulou offers guidance on the treatment of medical devices at the point of use, to ensure optimum decontamination.

She discusses the key role of perioperative staff in ensuring important steps are carried out, which will ultimately contribute to ensuring patient safety.

Regardless of where a medical or surgical procedure is performed or how, all reusable medical devices used on patients during clinical practice must be rendered safe by performing a series of steps in the reprocessing cycle to essentially include cleaning, disinfection and/or sterilisation, as shown in Fig 1. While reprocessing of the medical devices is commonly thought of as a process that begins in the Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD), in truth it starts where the device was most recently used clinically. This step is known as point of use (POU) treatment and is, in fact, the very first step in the cycle of decontamination.

Strictly speaking, POU refers to the care and handling by clinical and technical staff pre‐operatively, intra-operatively, and post-operatively. This article discusses the care

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Upcoming Events

Arab Health 2022

Dubai World Trade Centre
24th - 27th January

Knowlex Infection Prevention & Control 2022

National Conference Centre, Birmingham
8th - 9th February

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

Crowne Plaza, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR
4th - 5th April

iM Med Decontamination Academy Spring Conference

Royal College of Physicians, London
11th May 2022

NPAG Theatres and Decontamination Conference

Coventry Building Society Arena
19th May 2022

EBME Expo 2022

Coventry Building Society Arena, Phoenix Way, Rowleys Green, Coventry CV6 6GE
28th - 29th June

Access the latest issue of Clinical Services Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Clinical Services Journal app from your device's App store

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