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10. Reprocessing reusable medical devices
Given the expense of purchasing and running a steriliser, practices may consider offsite sterilisation (a commercial sterilisation service or another accredited practice, hospital or healthcare provider) or using disposable single-use equipment.
When using an off-site sterilisation service, the practice must have evidence that it complies with the current relevant standard(s).
It is strongly recommended that there is a clear and precise documented contract outlining:
Note: As the turnaround time for the reprocessing of equipment may be slower when performed offsite, more sets of reusable medical devices may be required. The actual number of sets required depends on usage patterns and turnaround time.
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