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Reprocessing: Cleansing, Disinfection, Sterilization

  • Elisabeth PresterlEmail author
  • Magda Diab-El SchahawiEmail author
  • Luigi Segagni Lusignani
  • Helga Paula
  • Jacqui S. Reilly
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Abstract

Reusable pathogen-contaminated medical instruments or devices can be the source of human infections. If they are reusable, measures must be taken before reuse on the next patient to avoid pathogen transmission. These measures are summarized under the term of reprocessing and include cleaning, disinfecting and/or sterilizing of medical devices. This chapter describes relevant reprocessing procedures used in the hospital setting.

Keywords

Cleaning Disinfection Sterilization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth Presterl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Magda Diab-El Schahawi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luigi Segagni Lusignani
    • 1
  • Helga Paula
    • 1
  • Jacqui S. Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Hygiene and Infection ControlMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Glasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK

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